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By Jim Shilander

Voters across Orange County who are registered to vote by mail received their ballots last week. A veteran poll-worker said it’s important to take the warnings on the ballot seriously.

Joan Thompson, a member of the League of Women Voters and a frequent poll volunteer said it is important for voters to understand that delays are possible if they choose to simply drop-off their ballot at a polling station Nov. 4. When the county takes its ballots up to Santa Ana for counting, she said, workers essentially push a button to electronically count all of the ballots they receive, but having to open up a mail-in ballot slows down the process. In a close race, she said, that could potentially delay certification of a close result.

Thompson said if a resident with a mail-in ballot decides they want to vote at the polls, they should bring their mail-in ballot with them to be voided by a poll worker. If a resident threw away their ballot, she said, they would have to vote provisionally, which further slows the counting.


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