City Elections

November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election

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 (FPPC).

The City Council is made up of a Mayor and six Council members, for a total of seven members. City Council members are nominated by their respective wards and the Mayoral seat is nominated 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, Council members each serve a four-year term, with a maximum of three consecutive four-year terms.  

To be eligible to be elected to the office of Council member, a person must provide proof of residency to be a qualified voter and be a thirty (30) day resident of the ward from which the candidate is nominated at the time nomination papers are issued. To be eligible to be elected to the office of Mayor, a person need only be a registered voter and thirty (30) day resident of the City.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Santa Ana on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to consider the odd-numbered Council Ward seats 1, 3, 5 and Mayoral seat. Under Santa Ana's new ward map re-boundary election process, voters may only elect one council member for the Council ward they are registered in.  Learn more about our transition to the Ward Map Re-Boundary Election process at

Candidate Filing Period

City Council candidate nomination period opens July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The Santa Ana City Clerk issues and accepts official nomination documents by appointment only during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday and every other Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted in the Calendar for Holiday and Closed Friday schedule.

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By appointment only, to pick up and file nomination papers during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., please call (714) 647 – 6520 or email

The following are key dates for the November 3, 2020, election:

Nomination Period Opens     July 13, 2020
Nomination Period Closes     August 6, 2020
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing  August 13, 2020
Write-in Candidacy Filing Period Opens           September 7, 2020
Write-in Candidacy Filing Period Closes    October 20, 2020
Last Date to Register to Vote      October 19, 2020
Ballot Mailed to Registered Address October 5, 2020
Election Day   November 3, 2020
Campaign Signs Must Be Removed   November 13, 2020
Deadline to Certify Election Results December 3, 2020

 FPPC Candidates and Controlled Committees Filing Schedule           

Election Information

Election History

Campaign Finance

Voter Registration