Drive-Through Voting Debuts in SoCal

OC voters vote fast-food style
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2008 8:34 AM CDT
A car drives past a voting machine after participating in drive-through voting outside the Orange County Registrar of Voters office in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.    (Mark Avery)
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(Newser) – You couldn't get a Big Mac at this drive-through, reports the AP—just democracy. Voters didn't need to leave their cars yesterday to either register or cast ballots at an electronic drive-through station. The one-day-only offer came on the last day of voter registration for Californians. An Orange County elections official said that registration is up 15% from four years ago.

"I know it is going to be busy as heck. We're preparing for heavy turnout," says the official. Only Orange County was offering the drive-through electronic voting service, but other jurisdictions have offered similar services: Sonoma County has a drive-up drop-box, and Riverside County uses a roving votemobile.