(NOTE: The following information was provided by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.)
The City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election will now be conducted as an all-mail ballot election due to COVID-19.
In-person Vote Center voting, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and run through May 19, 2020, won't be available.
Pursuant to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-48-20, the generalized use of in-person voting may present risks to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and could risk undermining social distancing measures imposed by the State Public Health Officer, as well as other aspects of the response to COVID-19.
Additional Options for Voters:
The City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election will proceed under the special provisions of a mail ballot election. Orange County made the transition to the Voter’s Choice Act beginning with el ections in 2020. Under this method of voting, every voter in an election receives a vote-by-mail ballot. Each voter in the City of Santa Ana will be mailed a ballot beginning on April 20, 2020. Voters will have the following options for returning their vote-by-mail ballot:
Options for Voters with Disabilities or Voters with Medical Impacts Related to COVID-19:
The Registrar of Voters’ Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail ballot system provides voters with disabilities and those with medical impacts related to COVID-19 the option to request a vote-by-mail ballot to be delivered electronically. The electronic ballot can be downloaded to the voter’s computer, marked using the voter’s own assistive technology and then printed. Voters should follow the return instruc tions included with the electronic ballot. To request a Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail ballot, voters can:
Communication with Santa Ana Voters:
In addition to this widely distributed press release, the Registrar of Voters will be using the following methods to communicate these changes to the voters in the C ity of Santa Ana pursuant to the Governor’s Order that “…maximum possible notice to voters about how to participate in (this election) shall be given, paying particular attention to the needs of voters at high risk from COVID-19, individuals with disabilities, and other voters with particularized needs”:
On March 19, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, which requires compliance with the order by the California State Public Health Officer and Director of Public Health for “all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence” until further notice in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pand emic.
Following the aforementioned Order, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-48-20 on April 9, 2020, which reads in part that “…on May 19, 2020, a Special Recall Election will be held in the City of Santa Ana, in the County of Orange, and that state law would ordinarily require that (this) election be conducted using in-person voting at polling locations throughout (the City of Santa Ana); the generalized us of in-person voting presents risks to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and could risk undermining social distancing measures imposed by the State Public Health Officer, as well as other aspects of the response to COVID-19; and that California’s existing vote-by-mail procedures can be used to allow (this) election to go forward in a manner that is accessible, secure, and safe.”
The Order goes on to say that pursuant to the Governor’s authority the election “shall be held as an all-mail ballot election and conducte d accord ing to those provisions of the Elections Code that govern all-mail ballot elections, including but not limited to Elections Code sections 3000-3026 and 4100.”