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Haven't Received A Sample Ballot For The Primary? Don't Worry

The Orange County Registrar-Recorder held a mock election previewing new vote centers and ballot marking equipment at county offices in Santa Ana on Jan. 7, 2020. Libby Denkmann for LAist
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As part of our Voter Game Plan we're answering your questions about the big changes in the way we're voting this year.

Here's one a few people have asked us: "When can I expect my sample ballot in the mail?"

By now, most registered voters should have received their sample ballot — that's the booklet that tells you all the candidates and measures on your ballot in the March primary. Both the L.A. and Orange County registrars began sending sample ballots out a few weeks ago.

But if you still haven't received yours, no need to worry. The timing of their arrival really depends on the post office, meaning some sample ballots are still making their way to mailboxes.

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If yours still hasn't arrived by around Feb. 15, you have a few options. You can always view it online at the L.A. County and Orange County registrars' websites. (The L.A. County Registrar even has an interactive sample ballot where you can save your choices and generate a code that you can scan when you vote in person at a voting center.)

You can also see your ballot on our Voter Game Plan website — just input your address. There you can save your choices and email them to yourself or a friend.

Still prefer to get a hard copy in the mail? You can always contact your county registrar’s office and ask them to resend it.

If you have more questions about the voting process, check out those the Voter Game Plan team has already answered, or ask us anything else below: