Elections

California Gubernatorial Recall Election

The Gubernatorial Recall Election will be held on September 14, 2021 in the State of California.  

The purpose of this election is to determine whether or not the officer named in the recall petition, Governor Gavin Newsom, shall be recalled. If a majority of the voters determine the officer sought to be recalled shall be removed from office, then the candidate receiving the highest number of votes for the office shall be elected for the unexpired term.

Starting Saturday, September 4, 2021, select Vote Centers will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting Saturday, September 11, 2021, all Vote Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Election Day, September 14, 2021 all Vote Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The City of Brea will have one (1) vote center located at the Brea Community Center at 695 Madison Way in the Art Studio from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Saturday, September 11, 2021 through Monday, September 13, 2021 and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

All ballots cast will be counted centrally at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana.

Vote-by-Mail ballot processing will begin on August 16, 2021 and will continue Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until the election is certified on or about October 14, 2021.  The last day to request a replacement Vote-by-Mail ballot is September 7, 2021. The Vote-by-Mail process is open to the public at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters will conduct a risk-limiting audit and/or a manual tally of specific precincts, and will begin on September 15, 2021 at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana.

City Clerk

The City Clerk is the local elections official and coordinates with the County of Orange in conduct of municipal elections. Duties of the elections official include:

  • Prepare necessary resolutions calling for general and special municipal elections
  • Declare election results
  • Coordinate the candidate nomination process
  • Receipt and process initiative, referendum, and recall petitions

Brea consolidates its regular elections with statewide elections held on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council and City Treasurer terms and conducts elections in accordance with the California Elections Code and local regulations.

FPPC Campaign Filings

Effective January 1, 2021, AB 2151 requires a local government agency to post on its internet website, within 72 hours of the applicable filing deadline, a copy of any specified statements, reports, or other documents filed with that agency in paper format and must be made available for four years from the date of the election associated with the filing. 

Per AB 2151, copies of Campaign Disclosure Statements filed by the City Council may be reviewed on this page. 

*Please note that certain personal information for statements that are posted electronically (i.e., online or by email) are required to be redacted. Unredacted copies (fees may apply) of campaign statements are available in the City Clerk's Office located at 1 Civic Center Drive, Brea, CA 92821. Due to COVID, City Administrative Offices are currently open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 990-7756 to make an appointment for copies.

To access Current Council Members, Committees and Candidates Campaign Disclosures, please click here.

VOTER REGISTRATION 

Changes to voter registration can be done online at registertovote.ca.gov

You will need:

  • CA Driver’s License or identification card number
  • Last four digits of your social security number
  • Date of birth 

You can also check voter registration status online at registertovote.ca.gov

VOTING OPTIONS 

The Voters Choice Act passed in 2016 (SB 450), which allows select counties to conduct all-mail ballot elections while also providing regional Vote Centers to be open 10 days prior to Election Day through close of voting on Election Day. On February 26, 2019, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved conducting elections through this model.

There are several hassle-free voting options to enhance the voter experience.  Major changes include the addition of Vote Centers throughout Orange County, secure ballot drop-off box locations, and a flexible voting schedule.

As a registered voter, you’ll have more options that match your busy schedule:

  • Visit: Vote at ANY Vote Center location countywide during the election period.  Vote Centers will feature electronic check-in and ballot system, disabled access voting, voter registration options, and personal customer service support and problem solving.
  • Drop:  Drive through a ballot drop-off location or drop your ballot at any countywide Vote Center. 
  • Mail:  Return your ballot via the US Post Office – No stamp required

Ballots can be tracked here.

For more information please visit ocvote.com.

“Seal it, sign it, return it, track it” 

Where's My Ballot?


Ballot tracking – sign up at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov for text, email or voice call alerts on the status of your Vote by Mail ballot. 

Tool will allow voters to receive automatic updates when:

  • County mails the voter’s ballot
  • County receives the voter’s ballot 
  • Count has counted voter’s ballot 
  • If there were any issues with the voter’s ballot 

Ballot Drop Boxes


Election Day 

Orange County voters use the Hart Intercivic eSlate electronic voting machines at the polling places for November elections.

Polls are usually open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on election day. No one may campaign within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place. 

Other Election Information 

Brea had 26,708 registered voters as of June 2020.

The Secretary of State selects a random alphabetic position for names on ballots. The ballot will list all candidates in the order of the randomized alphabet. California Secretary of State’s Office will post results of the randomized alphabet drawing on their website.

If the number of candidates is not more than the number of available seats to be filled for an office, the City Council may appoint the candidates to office and cancel the election.

Election Archives

You may view results and corresponding election documents by visiting our Election Archives page.

Contact Information

If you need any additional information of clarification, do not hesitate to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 714-990-7756.