How To Vote
On May 8, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which, among other things, orders that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to November 3, 2020 in addition to offering in-person voting locations. (Referenced from: California Secretary of State)
- September 24th - The mailing of Voter Information Guides commences (approximately)
- October 5th - The first day vote-by-mail ballots become available
- October 27th - The last day to apply for a replacement vote-by-mail ballot
- October 30th – Nov 3rd – Vote-by-mail ballots may be returned at county ballot drop box location, Vote Center, or polling location
Vote by Mail
Registered voters can expect to receive a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot sent to the address listed on their voter registration. If you have moved, you need to re-register with your new address to prevent your ballot from being delivered to your previous address. Please see How to Register for more information.
- By Mail: The United States Postal Service recommends returning your completed ballot in the mail at least seven days (or more!) before election day. No postage is required.
California ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3rd) and received by your county elections official no later than 17 days after the election. The California Secretary of State is now offering ballot tracking, a new way for voters to track and receive notiﬁcations on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. It lets voters know when their ballot has been mailed, received and counted.
- Ballot Drop Box Location, Polling Location or Vote Center: Vote-by-mail ballots may also be dropped off during Early Voting or on Election Day at any of these locations in Orange County.
If you are a registered voter in Orange County who intends to vote by mail but did not receive your ballot or have misplaced it, you may request a replacement ballot. Those in other counties should contact their county elections official in order to be at a second vote-by-mail ballot.
Voter Centers and Polling Locations
Voters will find their polling place address or vote center locations in the county Voter Information Guide received in the mail a few weeks before Election Day. Orange County voters may visit any County Vote Center to deliver or cast their ballot, including one of our campus Vote Centers.
Unlike a Vote Center, traditional polling locations are specific to a certain neighborhood. For voting information that is specific to you, such as our polling place, you may visit My Voter Status.
- Main Campus, Titan Student Union – Pavilions B/C
- Irvine Center – Multi-Purpose Room
Days and Hours
- Friday, October 30th – November 2nd, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 3rd – 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
In order to provide a safe and secure election for election workers, voters, and observers, the Secretary of State’s Office, in consultation with California public health officials, developed Election Administration Guidance under COVID-19. Accordingly, election workers receive safety instructions and training to include:
- Cleaning and disinfection protocols;
- Configuration for physical distancing, supplemented by traffic flow guidelines and placement of physical barriers where distancing is not possible;
- Behaviors required of workers; and
- Proper use of protective equipment
Additionally, there will be the option of a drive-thru ballot drop off at the TSU location in Lot R.
Both campus Vote Centers are prepared to implement adequate social distancing. We thank voters for wearing a mask to protect themselves and others.
While we are pleased to welcome the community to the campus Vote Center locations from October 30th - November 3rd, the rest of the campus is closed to the public in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty who must be on campus.
Voting for the First Time
When you registered to vote, you were asked to fill in your driver license number, California identification number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you did not include this information when you registered, send a photocopy of some personal identification with your Vote-by-Mail Application or to your county elections official before the election.
If you are planning to vote for the first time and plan to do so in person after registering to vote without providing your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls.
Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of a recent utility bill, the county Voter Information Guide you received from your county elections office, or another document sent to you by a government agency are examples of acceptable forms of identification. Other examples include your passport, driver license, official California identification card, or student identification card.
Before casting your ballot, it is also important to know your rights! Check out the California Voter Bill of Rights for more information.