The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with the County of Orange in the conduct of Municipal elections. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring the result of the election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. All election services are provided according the California Elections Code.
November 6, 2018 Election:
City Council Members are elected by-district for a four year term. Council Members serve "staggered" terms, meaning that either two (2) or three (3) seats are open for election every two years. Council Members may serve no more than two consecutive (four year) terms. There are three (3) seats open this year in District 1, 2, and 3. To view which district you live in, please see the interactive map. For more information on the November 6th election please see the following links:
- Getting Started Candidate Information (PDF)
- Notice of Nominees - English (PDF)
- Notice of Nominees - Spanish (PDF)
- Notice of Election - English (PDF)
- Notice of Election - Spanish (PDF)
- Council Candidate Contact Information (PDF)
- Candidate Statements (PDF)
Register to Vote
Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries, community centers and City Hall. You also have the ability to register to vote on line with the Orange County Registrar of Voters office. To receive a registration form by mail, please call the Orange County Registrar of Voters office at (714) 567-7600 or the City Clerk's office at (949) 248-3501. Completed registration forms can be hand-delivered to the Registrar's office, located at 1300 S. Grand Ave. Santa Ana or Dana Point City Hall, located at 33282 Golden Lantern, or dropped off in any U.S. mailbox. No postage is necessary. You must be registered at least 15 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.
For additional voter registration information visit www.ocvote.com.
The Registrar of Voters usually offers early voting prior to elections at several locations throughout Orange County. All Orange County registered voters are invited to bring their sample ballots to any early voting site in Orange County. Locations are posted on the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ website at www.ocvote.com prior to the scheduled election.
Voting-by-mail allows a voter to submit their ballot for a given election by mail. However, you must first request that a mail ballot be sent to you. There are different vote-by-mail options; Click here to learn more. It is very important to remember that the voted ballot must be received or postmarked-by the Registrar of Voters no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots mailed on election day and received within 3 days of the election will be counted.
Become a Poll Worker
The Orange County Registrar of Voters is always seeking volunteers to staff each polling place on Election Day. For information on how to become a poll worker, visit www.ocvote.com/volunteer/ Poll workers receive a stipend for their time.
For additional election information, you may contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters office at (714) 567-7600 or www.ocvote.com or contact the City Clerk's office at (949) 248-3501.
Find Your Polling Place
Polling place locations are coordinated by county elections offices. Your polling place will be listed on the back cover of your county sample ballot booklet.
Many county elections offices offer polling place look-up assistance via websites or toll-free phone numbers. For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
If you are currently registered to vote in the City of Dana Point, and would like to use your current address to search for your polling place, please use the following link.