Election Observer Plan
COLUSA COUNTY'S ELECTION OBSERVER PROGRAM
Colusa County welcomes all interested persons as "Election Observers". You may contact our office to notify us of your interest. In addition to observers who wish to participate on a one-time basis due to interest in a particular measure or candidate, the county has an established Election Observer Plan which has been in use since 1985. The objective is to encourage public participation and ensure integrity and transparency in the election process.
The plan relies on representatives from the Grand Jury, County Committees, media service providers and members of the Bar Association to send representatives to observe the various stages of the election process ranging from equipment testing to election night proceedings.
A schedule of election processes and events are posted on the county's website, sent to the newspaper and to the following local organizations along with a request for participation by representatives.
- County Central Committees.
- The Colusa County Grand Jury.
- The Colusa County Bar Association.
- Members of the media serving the population of Colusa County.
Groups are requested to submit the names of their representatives who will serve as Election Observers. Observers are issued a Letter of Appointment which they provide to election officials at various stages in the process, such as Logic and Accuracy testing, ballot processing, polling place observation, election night observation and canvass observation.
Participants must act in accordance with the "Code of Conduct for Election Observers".
General Information on Elections in Colusa County
Number of Precincts
Colusa County has 18 voting precincts.
- 13 are polling Place Precincts
- 5 are Mail Ballot Precincts
Colusa County uses optical scanners manufactured by Election Systems & Software to tabulate all ballots. The scanners are used at the polling places on Election Day and in the elections office.
- Registered Voters as of 9/23/2016: 8,140
- 55% Vote By Mail
All Mail Ballot Precincts is equal to 715 Regular precincts, permanent vote by mail voters is equal to 3,807.