City Elections

The Clerk of the Council serves as the elections official and is responsible for all candidate 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.

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. While, 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 3, 2020;  Wards 1, 3 and 5, and the Mayor's seat will be up for election.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN (SPANISH, VIETNAMESE, KOREAN, MANDARIN) that a Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of Santa Ana, on Tuesday, the 5th day of November 2019 to fill the Ward 4 Councilmember office for a partial 4-year term. The Nomination Period for the Ward 4 Office closes on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:00 P.m.  Nomination documents will be available on July 15, 2019 in the Clerk of the Council Office, 20 Civic Center Plaza, Room 809, Santa Ana, CA during regular business hours.  Appointments are strongly recommended by calling (714) 647-6520.

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. 

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

Remember to vote on Election Day, November 5, 2019. Register or verify your voter registration at

2019 Current Special Election Information

2018 Ballot Measures Approved



Election History


Campaign Finance


Voter Registration:

  • Register to Vote (On-line form)
  • Update my Voter Registration Information
  • Check my Registration
  • Vote By Mail (Request form)
  • 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.