California Government Code section 12172.5 allows the Secretary of  State to require elections officials to file reports on elections in their jurisdictions. As a part of the voting system approval process, each county is required to develop an Election Observer Panel Plan that provides people with the opportunity to observe the local elections process.  Below is a template the Secretary of State provided to counties to help them develop their plans, followed by  the plan submitted by each county elections official.

Election Observer Panel Plan Template (PDF)

To request a copy of the plans submitted by the counties contact the Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment at (916) 695-1680 or by email at