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Public Notice of Observation Schedule for November 14, 2023 City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election

Observation Schedule for November 14, 2023 City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election

SANTA ANA, CA – October 12, 2023 – The public is invited to observe as the Orange County Registrar of Voters conducts the November 14, 2023 City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election.

The start date for significant election activities are listed below. Daily election activities are posted and updated on an observation calendar on the Registrar of Voters website –


Start Date/Time

Observable Election Activity



October 17, 2023

1 p.m.

Processing of Mail Ballots

Mail ballot processing includes sorting, signature verification, collection and return operations, and duplication of the official ballots.


October 19, 2023

10 a.m

Pre-Election Logic and Accuracy Test

Accuracy testing of Orange County’s voting system will start with the preparation of test ballots and will continue until all devices to be used in this election have been included in the test. It is expected that scanning of the test ballots will commence on Thursday, October 19.

October 25, 2023

10 a.m.

Counting of Mail Ballots

Mail ballots accepted for counting are scanned. The votes on the scanned ballots may not be tabulated by the voting system, accessed by Registrar of Voters staff, or released until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14.


November 4, 2023

8 a.m.

Vote Centers Open

One Vote Center opens in the City of Santa Ana and one at the Registrar of Voters Office to serve voters daily. Both Vote Centers will be open through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14. Processing of Conditional Voter Registrations and provisional ballots can begin.


November 14, 2023

After 8 p.m.

Tabulation of Vote Center Ballots

The votes from ballots cast at Vote Centers will be tabulated by the voting system and continues until complete.


November 15, 2023

10 a.m.

Official Canvass

During the Official Canvass, the Registrar of Voters continues to process mail ballots; accounts for all ballots that were issued, voted, and those that were not used; and completes audits. The canvass must be completed no later than Thursday, December 14.


November 15, 2023

11 a.m.

One Percent Manual Tally

Ballots from at least 1% of all precincts will be randomly selected at this time. It is expected that the hand counting of those ballots to verify the votes tabulated by the voting system software will commence on Friday, November 17.


November 20, 2023

8 a.m.

Post-Election Logic and Accuracy Test

The scanning of test ballots on all voting system devices will commence to confirm that the system is still tabulating votes accurately.





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