Orange County political junkies have a superabundance of resources for election night to follow the returns, see where votes are coming from and check on their favorite candidates.
First, of course, is Voice of OC. We’ll bring you results and comments in key races as soon as they’re in. And you can catch interviews with candidates and election analysis on our partner, public television station KOCE, after the polls close at 8 p.m.
During the day and into the night, the Orange County Registrar of Voters website will walk you through virtually every step of the process.
Not sure where your polling place is? Check here to get your precinct number, precinct address and download a sample ballot. You’ll also get a tip, based on past turnout, of how long you might have to wait during peak voting hours, which are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On election night, check the returns as they come in. The left hand column lists the candidates and ballot measures. Remember to refresh the page periodically to catch the latest results.
You also can watch streaming video of truck loads of voting machines arriving at the Registrar of Voters office and then being counted.
How about tracking your own vote from the polls to the Registrar’s office? You can check on votes from around the county too, seeing where ballots still are waiting to be picked up and which of the 1,210 polling places have their machines already delivered.
For reports on the amounts of money state and countywide candidates have raised and spent, visit the Registrar’s site or the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s campaign finance page also lets you see how much major donors, political parties and other big spenders have contributed to specific races.
— TRACY WOOD