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 elected at-large to serve four-year overlapping terms. 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.
Resources and Links:
- Council Ward Map
- 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. The Handbook for the 2018 Election will be published in the Spring of 2018.
- Election Results – Mayor and City Council (1886-2016)
- Election Results – Measures and Charter Amendments (1886-2016)
- Campaign Contribution Filings (2012 to present)
- Fair Political Practices Commission Forms and Deadlines
- City of Santa Ana - Campaign Contribution Limits
- Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
The FPPC is the State agency that enforces State laws regarding, among other things, campaign financing and spending, financial conflicts of interest, and gifts and honoraria given to public officials and candidates under the Political Reform Act. The FPPC provides written and oral advice to public agencies, candidates and officials on the requirements of the Political Reform Act. The FPPC’s Advice Line can be reached at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (1-866-275-3772) or email email@example.com
- County of Orange Registrar of Voters
The Registrar of Voters (ROV) is the County Elections Official and the office conducts all Federal, State, County, Municipal, School District, and Special District scheduled and special elections. The ROV Office is also responsible for voter registration, education and outreach; maintenance of registration files; verification of initiatives, referenda and recall petitions; and filing of campaign reports.