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Post-Election Canvass Observers

California Elections Code states that post-election canvass operations shall be open to the public for observation. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office facilitates the observation of these activities by offering public tours of all canvass operations. The tour includes opportunities to view activities related to Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot processing, provisional ballot processing, signature verification and the tabulation of ballots. Upon completion of the tour, observers have the opportunity to return to and observe any of the operations included in the tour. Observers must be accompanied by an employee of the Registrar’s office at all times.

The Election Observer Panel Plan is available on Upcoming Elections. After Election Night, the scheduled of election results updates will be posted on the entrance door of the RR/CC headquarters and online.

What you need to know before coming to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Address and Parking: We are located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk 90650. The public parking lot on the north side of the building (along Imperial Highway) is free.

Schedule: Observation tours are conducted daily, including weekends, at the top of each hour. Tours start at 8:00 a.m. with the last tour scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. on weekends). However, individuals may remain in a specific observation area during canvassing hours. If requested, an escort will be assigned during times of observation. Most canvass operations end at 5:00 p.m. A limited number of operations end at 6:00 p.m. Times subject to change due to workload.

Check-In: When you enter through the main entrance, there will be a staff member at the information desk to greet you. If no staff member is available, please wait in the lobby until one is available. At the start of each tour, you will be escorted to the 2nd floor for observer orientation. When entering and leaving the building, you must sign in and out.

Appropriate Attire: It is important to remember that you will be walking different floors of the building and entering areas where dozens of staff members are working. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Articles of clothing, buttons, and other accessories that promote a candidate or issue are not allowed. You will be asked to remove any such items. If unable, you will be asked to return at a later time. Additionally, peace officer, private security, or similar uniforms are not allowed.

Note Taking: You are free to take notes throughout the tour of canvass operations and during observation. Use of electronic devices is not permitted in observation areas (though you may use them in the hallways and lobby). We recommend bringing a pen and note pad if you wish to take notes.

Lunch: Lunch breaks are scheduled for noon. Therefore, there will be no tours from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. You are free to leave for lunch and return to observation after 1:00 p.m. There are numerous restaurants available in the vicinity, including a café at the neighboring building to the east and across the street on Imperial Highway. Food and beverages are not allowed in observation areas.

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