Election Observer

Observation Rules and Guidelines

Shasta County Clerk and Elections office welcomes all observers who wish to see the processes of an election. Observers are a part of the security of each election.

Observer Training PowerPoint

Current Observer Schedule

Week of May 2nd

Week of May 9th

Office Tours

Email observers@co.shasta.ca.us  or call us 530-225-5730 to reserve your spot in one of our office tours.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022        1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 5, 2022            10:30 am – 11:30 am

Monday, May 9, 2022            11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, May 10, 2022             1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


What are you allowed to Observe?

  • UOCAVA Ballot Mailings
  • Logic & Accuracy Testing
  • Poll Worker Training
  • Early Voting
  • Vote-by-mail Ballot Processing
  • Election Day
  • Official Canvass
  • Post-Election Audits
  • Certified Statement of Vote

Please understand that the daily processes and procedures are dependent on turnout.

If you would wish to see a specific process or would like more detailed information, please email us at observers@co.shasta.ca.us.

Observers are responsible for:

  • Checking in at the election office.
  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Wearing an identification badge.
  • Maintaining a courteous and professional demeanor while observing the processes.
  • Not interfering with the process.
  • Not encroaching on the workspace of personnel including following social distancing protocols.
  • Silencing their electronic devices while in observation areas.

Observers may:

  • Make notes.
  • Watch all procedures related to the processes being performed, including election planning and preparation, voting, post election auditing, etc.

 Observers may not:

  • Interfere in any way with the conduct of the work being performed.
  • View signatures on petitions or come within 6ft of the staff working on those items.
  • Use electronic devices or take video or photos while observing election processes.
  • Touch any materials or equipment or sit at desk or worksite of Elections personnel.
  • Display any election material or wear campaign badges, buttons, or apparel.
  • Wear the uniform of a peace officer, a private guard, or security personnel.
  • Interfere with or distract elections personnel from their assigned tasks.

When observing at the Polling Place on Election Day


  • Remain quiet and do not disturb board members or voters.
  • Allow the board members reasonable space.

You may witness or inspect:

  • Posted copy of index at the convenience of the board.
  • Procedure for opening the polls.
  • Procedure for voting during the day
  • Procedure for closing the polls.

You may not:

  • Interfere with the board members or the voting process.
  • Touch any voting materials (ballots, roster, machine etc.)
  • Sit at the table.
  • Use electronic devices or take video or photos.
  • Discuss any ballot or political issue.
  • Be in the area where the voters are casting their ballots.
  • Intimidate or impede board members or voters.

If you are unable to follow the outlined rules and guidelines, you may be asked to leave. California Elections Code Sections 14221, 14223, 18370, 18502, 18562.5