OC Registrar starts counting Provisional ballots at 2 PM

The Orange County Registrar of Voters is reportedly starting to count Provisional ballots for Garden Grove (and we suspect other areas as well) at 2 PM Wednesday 11/12. The process involves verifying the eligibility of each voter casting a Provisional ballot. This process is slightly more involved than the signature validation and determination that the voter did not vote at the polls requiired for Vote By Mail ballots.

The additional step of verifying that the voter was registered to vote and their eligibility to vote in the precinct where their vote was cast is required for Provisional ballots.

We will report on new vote totals after 5 PM today.