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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 to the California Elections Code.

November 3, 2020 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 two (2) seats open this year in District 4, and 5.  To view which district you live in, please see the interactive map

For more information on beginning your candidacy for the November 3rd election, please see the Getting Started - Candidate Information Guide or contact the City Clerk.

Election Information

Register to Vote

Register to vote or update information online!  Voter registration forms are also available at all public libraries, community centers and City Hall.  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 or complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process.

For additional voter registration information visit

Voting Options

Vote Centers mean many more options for voters.  Elections are no longer a one-day event.  Voting begins the month before any election day when every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.  Take advantage of the alternatives available to avoid congestion - from voting at home, drive thru ballot drop off, in-person options, returning your ballot via the USPS, or personally deliver your ballot at a Voting Center.  The choice is yours! 

More information will be added as it is provided by the County of Orange.

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