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By election day, vote-by-mail ballots have been marked, slid into an envelope, signed and mailed, placed in a drop box or turned in to a vote center. Their journey is just beginning.
When the ballots arrive at the Orange County Registrar of Voters, a cavernous warehouse behind a cluster of nondescript office buildings in Santa Ana, they go through several steps before they’re counted — all open to public view.
On Monday, Jeffrey Kontorovsky, an ambassador with the Registrar of Voters, led five people on a tour of the facility to explain the process.
The observers range from curious to skeptical. They have questions about the security of drop boxes, updates to the county’s voter roll and how ballots are handled when they arrive at the center, Kontorovsky said.