By Ann Frances –
A Feb. 23 Sunday afternoon visit to the Quail Hill Community Center on Shady Canyon Drive, one of the 16 new OC Vote Centers located in the city of Irvine, saw five eager staffers ready to assist anyone who wanted to vote. Trouble is, there were no voters at the time Irvine Indy visited the site.
In fact, just 217 total check-ins were recorded at Irvine Vote Centers as of Sunday evening, according to Jackie Wu, community outreach manager at the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Because voters can now cast their ballots at any of the 188 OC Vote Centers in the county, not all 217 check-ins can be presumed to be from Irvine residents.
The voting center, which opened the day before, is one of three Irvine-based OC Vote Centers that opened for balloting a full 11 days prior to the March 3 Primary Election. The other 13 Irvine locations will open Feb. 29, four days before the election.
The new method of voting was implemented in hopes that more people will vote because they can cast their ballots at locations more convenient for them, perhaps closer to where they work or drop their children off at school. In addition, the new system allows an 11-day window to vote.
The vote centers replace the previous 1,200 precinct locations in the county.
This year, for the first time, all voters were mailed “vote-by-mail” ballots, with no stamp required.
Eleven-Day Vote Centers – Opened February 22
- Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza
- Portola Springs Community Center, 900 Tomato Springs
- Quail Hill Community Center, 39 Shady Canyon Drive
Four-Day Vote Centers – Opening February 29
- CSUF Irvine Center, 3 Banting
- Deerfield Community Center, 55 Deerwood West
- Heritage Park Regional Library, 14361 Yale
- Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive
- Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road
- Las Lomas Community Center, 10 Federation Way
- Los Olivos Community Center, 101 Alfonso Drive
- Northwood Community Center, 4531 Bryan Ave.
- Orange County Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd.
- South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, 9 Truman Street
- UCI – Mesa Court, 4053 Mesa Road
- University Community Center, 1 Beech Tree Lane
- University Hills Community Center, 1083 California Ave.
For general election information, visit ocvote.com or call the City of Irvine Election Hotline at 949-724-6159.