Election Observation

Election Observation


California Elections Code allows the public to observe a variety of election-related activities. Election Observation provides a meaningful opportunity to view and learn about a variety of election processes.

It is not necessary to make arrangements in advance, but for large observer groups it is helpful to notify and schedule with our office in advance of a planned visit.

Areas of observation include, logic and accuracy tests, operations at vote centers, vote by mail ballot processing, tabulation, election night activities, and the one percent manual tally.

Observers may not impede, interfere, interrupt, or try to assist with election operations.



What You Should Know Before Your Visit

Public Observation Rules

Maintaining the security of ballots and ensuring voter privacy is our primary objective. Members of the public are welcome to observe and view the various election-related activities but must follow the rules outlined below.

If a member of the public refuses to follow the rules outlined below, they will be asked to leave.

Public Observation Ground Rules (coming soon)
Election Observer Plan (coming soon)
Public Observation Tentative Schedule of Events (coming soon)

For additional resources, click on the links below:
Warning: Corrupting The Voting Process Is Prohibited!
Prohibited Activities During Election Process
Election Security