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November 6, 2012

Election Day is here

ORANGE — Election Day 2012 has arrived.

The most anticipated election day in recent memory is here and thousands of Americans, especially Orange County residents, have been heading to the polls in record numbers during the recent early voting period.

Orange County shattered its previous early voting turnout record of 17,375 by more than 15 percent as 20,097 ballots were submitted in person by registered voters and received through the U.S. mail by the Orange County Election Administrator’s office.

“We were expecting a large voter turnout, and it definitely was,” said Tina Barrow, Orange County Election Administrator, of the record early voting. “We are expecting a large turnout on election day as well. We have plenty of supplies ordered and ready to go.”

Barrow expects a large number of the approximately 50,000 registered voters in Orange County who have yet to vote in the November general election to do so on Tuesday.

“A lot of people will still come out and vote on election day, but they may have to wait in lines,” Barrow added. “People should be prepared to be patient, but our election judges will be as thorough and as quick as possible.”

The biggest race of the election will surely have a large number of voters heading to the poll this election as President Barack Obama attempts to seek re-election against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Other presidential candidates include Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The race for U.S. Senator will feature Republican candidate Ted Cruz against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler and Libertarian candidate John Jay Myers and Green Party nominee David B. Collins as each candidate looks to replace Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring.

Another race which Orange County voters will be deciding has Republican Steve Stockman attempting to return to office for the first time since the 1990s as he takes on Democrat Max Martin and Libertarian Michael K. Cole for the newly created U.S. District 36 seat.

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