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.
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, 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, during regular business hours.
2018 Ballot Measures Approved
- MEASURE X: SANTA ANA NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY, HOMELESS PREVENTION AND ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES ENHANCEMENT MEASURE “To maintain effective 9-1-1 response; retaining firefighters and police officers; addressing homelessness; fixing streets; maintaining parks, youth and senior services, and unrestricted general revenue purposes; shall the sales tax be increased one and one half (1.5) cents until 2029 providing approximately $60 million dollars annually, then reduced to one (1) cent providing approximately $40 million dollars annually, until 2039, requiring annual audits, citizens oversight and for Santa Ana use only?”
- MEASURE AA: REQUIRE BY-WARD NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF COUNCILMEMBERS, AND REDRAWING OF WARD BOUNDARIES TO COMPLY WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW “Shall City of Santa Ana Charter sections 101.2 and 400 be amended requiring City Councilmember election from his or her residency ward and only by registered voters of that ward, instead of City Councilmember elections by registered voters of the entire City, with ward boundaries to be drawn as required by law??”
- Impartial Analysis by City Attorney
- Please note that new boundaries and district elections effective commencing with the 2020 General Election.
- MEASURE Z: CITY CHARTER MODERNIZATION AND UPDATE OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS “Shall the Charter be amended to: modernize and remove outdated language to reflect changes or conflicts in the City or State law concerning gifts and campaign contributions and designated City funds; create consistency in the Municipal Code regarding boards or commissions; and move the qualifications for the Finance Director to the Municipal Code?”
- MEASURE Y: APPROVE ORDINANCE REGARDING A MARIJUANA/COMMERCIAL CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSE TAX “Shall Chapter 21 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code be amended to enact both a gross square footage tax of between 25 cents to $35.00 and a gross receipts tax rate up to 10% for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing cannabis and related products to raise between $8 to $12 million to fund public safety, parks, youth and senior services, among other general City services?”
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