OC Votes

Let’s Mobilize OC! Let’s Get Out the Vote in 2020!

At Charitable Ventures, our mission is to support and empower community leaders through capacity building, sponsorship, and incubation, and we believe helping make sure our clients, projects, and our communities can participate in democracy is a critical part of that.

Orange County is gearing up for the 2020 election. It is crucial to the well-being of our community that ALL eligible residents are able to exercise their right to vote and/or their right to encourage friends and family in community to do the same.

As we come out of Census 2020 season, we continue to spread the message that it is especially important for hard to reach populations and those underrepresented in voter registration and elections to GOTV and let their voices be heard!

At this time, as COVID-19 impacts our communities, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and projects, it is even more important as well as harder to find time and resources for some to engage in civic-engagement activities such as voter registration and voter education. That is why we will be providing weekly newsletter content, including resources and tips through this OC-GOTV campaign for our community.

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OC Registrar of Voters – Phone and Fax Contact Info

Main Telephone:


Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application Return Fax:

Military/Overseas Fax:

Poll Worker Customer Service Center:


You are eligible to vote if you:

  • Are a United States citizen
  • Are a resident of California
  • Are at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
  • Are not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony

If part of the re-entry population, your right to vote is restored as soon as you are off parole, but you must re-register by paper or online here.

You do not need your photo ID to vote in California. Learn more. If you feel you are being harassed, or someone is telling you that you cannot vote, call (866) OUR-VOTE (687-8683).

What can you do if you’re not eligible to vote to make your voice heard? Find out here.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters is a key resource for registration as well as election information. You can check to see whether you are registered and confirm the accuracy of your address for receiving your ballot online. Want to see if you’re registered? Visit here. The California Secretary of State is also a resource. You can register via other third party organizations such as vote.org, Can I Vote, Rock the Vote, and more.

There are relatively few instances where people are ineligible to vote. However, if you are wondering about your eligibility, please see here. Even if ineligible, you can make your voice more powerful by encouraging your friends and family to vote.

This year, due to COVID-19 in particular, there are more concerns about how to vote. Don’t worry! There are options. You can still vote in person, or with a “vote-by-mail” ballot that you can mail or drop off at a number of locations.

Via vote-by-mail ballot: Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 2020 election. These ballots will begin to be mailed the week of October 5th. There are options for getting this ballot submitted!

Vote-by-mail ballots can be mailed from your home, a USPS location, or dropped in a ballot drop box, an Orange County Vote Center, or one-day pop-up.

In person voting is also possible.

The Orange County Registrar will be providing the latest info on Vote Centers and pop-ups here.

Yes! Your vote matters and voter engagement matters!

Here is a list of benefits of voting for voters.

Here is a list of benefits of voting for nonprofits.

What’s more is that WHO votes matters. Learn more.

We all receive a Voter Information Guide via mail. You can also access your California Voter Guide online here. Another great resource is available here. There is a lot of information, but do not be overwhelmed! Skim, read, talk with friends, family, and trusted organizations. VOTE with confidence!

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GOTV Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous important opportunities to ensure that votes are counted and honored in this election, and we are grateful for nonprofit partners who are circulating these opportunities in our community. Here are a few:

  • Click here to learn how to be a ballot observer in Orange County
  • Click here to learn how to staff the polls in Orange County

There is a poll worker shortage due to COVID-19 concerns. (Typically, older volunteers work on Election Day.) Can you fill in this year? Apply to become a poll worker — a paid position, with personal protection equipment and training provided.

  • Click here to learn how to staff the polls in other areas/states

Links to Resources