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Public Observation

About Public Observation

California Elections Code allows the public to observe a variety of election-related activities. Public observation provides a great opportunity to view and learn about the various activities that go into conducting an election.

It is not necessary to make arrangements in advance, but it is helpful to notify and schedule with our office in advance to a planned visit.

Email to coordinate a visit or to ask election-related questions.

Election Observer Panel Plan

The Election Observer Panel Plan (EOPP) is filed with the California Secretary of State's office and is available to view on the Current and Upcoming Elections Page. After Election Night, the schedule of post-Election Night results will be posted on the entrance door of the Norwalk Headquarters and is available on the Current and Upcoming Elections Page.

What You Need to Know Before Visiting

COVID-19 Public Health Information

All facilities will follow current public health and safety guidelines. If an observer does not follow the outlined rules they will be asked to leave.

  • Face masks are required while inside our facilities and must cover the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Social distancing will be enforced. Many of the observation areas will have floor markers or boundaries.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at all facilities at the entrance and exit.

Public Observation Rules

Maintaining ballot security and voter privacy is our primary objective. Members of the public are welcome to observe and view the various election-related operations and processes but must follow the rules outlined below.

If a member of the public refuses to follow the rules outlined below they will be asked to leave.

The full list of rules and guidelines can be found in the Public Observation Rules.

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