COVID-19 Restrictions and Public Observation of the City of Westminster Special Recall Election Recount
On March 17, 2020 the Orange County Registrar of Voters closed public access to our buildings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices remain closed, but we will allow limited access to individuals wishing to observe the recount of the City of Westminster Special Recall Election. As noted below access may be restricted based on the number of observers.
Despite the requirements for a public recount process, several conditions for observation will be in place that are in line with state and local health orders and guidance related to COVID-19. All observers attending the recount will be asked to wear face coverings as recommended by the California Department of Public Health and the OC Health Care Agency (guidance issued on April 2, 2020). As noted in the advice, face coverings are not a replacement for prevention measures like social distancing and frequent hand washing.
In addition, due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, access to the recount location will be limited to official representatives of the interested parties (and may be restricted further based on space limitations) pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 7, Chapter 8, Article 1, sections 20816 (a) and 20816 (b).
Additional observation space (on-site) may be made available for remote viewing based on the total number of individuals wishing to observe in-person. The recount process will be live streamed on the Internet for interested members of the public not in attendance. Additional details on the recount status and updated COVID-19 restrictions will be located on our website at ocvote.gov/recount.