City Elections

The City of Santa Ana consolidates with the County of Orange Registrar of Voters Office for all municipal elections. The Clerk of the Council serves as the elections official and the Clerk's Office is responsible for all candidates' filings, the issuance and acceptance of nomination papers, City measures and publication of all legal notices as well as campaign and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The general municipal elections for the City are held on the first Tuesday in November of even-numbered years for the purpose of electing City Council members or placing special measures and/or bond issues before the voters. Special elections may be called for the purpose of Charter Amendments, Referendum, Initiative and/or Recall.

The City Council is made up of a Mayor and six Councilmembers, for a total of seven members. City Council members are nominated by their respective ward and elected at-large. The offices of Mayor and City Council are non-partisan.

The Mayor serves a term of two years, with a maximum of four consecutive terms. Councilmembers each serve a four-year term, with a maximum of three consecutive four-year terms. At the next City election, to be held on November 6, 2018, Wards 2, 4, 6, and the Mayor's seat will be up for election.

To be eligible to be elected to the office of councilmember, a person must be a qualified voter and a thirty (30) day resident of the ward from which the candidate is nominated at the time nomination papers are issued as provided for in the Elections Code of the State of California, except that the mayor need only be a registered voter and thirty (30) day resident of the City at such time.

For specific questions regarding the election process, please contact the Clerk of the Council at (714) 647-6520.

Election of City Councilmembers and Mayor

  • 2016 Election - Candidate Handbook and Resource Guide
    Handbook includes minimum eligibility requirements to run for office, nomination process, and deadlines for the 2016 General Municipal Election.

    NOTE:  The Handbook for the 2018 General Municipal Election will be published in mid-June. The Nomination Period for candidates running in the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election starts Monday, July 16 at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10th.

  • Current Council Ward Map

Citizen Initiated Petition (Rent Control)

On April 3, 2018, the City of Santa Ana received a Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition entitled “City of Santa Ana Community Preservation, Rent Stabilization, and Renters’ Rights Act”.

The proponents of the measure have 180 days to circulate their petition from the date in which they received the Title and Summary from the City Attorney’s Office (which is a true and impartial statement for voter consideration). The petitions must be received no later than October 15, 2018 and include a minimum of 9,854 qualified signatures to place their measure on the next election for voter consideration.

If you have any questions on the Voter Initiative or wish to receive a copy of related public documents, please contact the Clerk of the Council Office at (714) 647-6520 during regular business hours, Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and alternative Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email Maria Huizar, Clerk of the Council at

Election History

Campaign Finance

Voter Registration: