The City Clerk serves as the local elections official and coordinates with the County of Orange in conducting municipal elections. The City of Orange consolidates its regular general municipal elections with statewide elections held on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years to fill expired City Council terms and conducts elections in accordance with the California Elections Code and local regulations.
November 3, 2020, General Municipal Election
For Election Results, click here.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the City of Orange will conduct a General Election in conjunction with the Statewide General Election. The following elected positions will be open for nominations:
- Council Member - District 1 (for a term of 2 years per Ordinance No. 06-19)
- Council Member - District 2
- Council Member - District 3
- Council Member - District 5
- City Treasurer
- City Clerk
To view Candidate Statements, please click here. Choose the November 3, 2020, Election from the drop down box, and then choose the City of Orange office you wish to view.
In addition, the following measure (Measure AA) will be submitted to the voters:
"Shall Resolution No. 11188, approved by the Orange City Council, to amend the General Plan with respect to the approximately 109.2 acre property located at 6145 E. Santiago Canyon Road, which currently allows for a mixture of sand and gravel operation/processing, residential, open space, and other uses, to allow for the Trails at Santiago Creek project, consisting of 128 single-family homes on approximately 40.7 acres and designating approximately 68.5 acres for open space, creek restoration, and public multi-use recreation trails, be adopted?”
Measure AA Information
To obtain information about Measure AA and view all documents that will be printed in the Sample Ballot Pamphlet including full text, impartial analysis, argument in favor, and argument against, please click here.
Candidate Filing Period
The nomination period for these offices begins on July 13, 2020, and closes on August 7, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. If an incumbent does not file by August 7, the filing period is extended to August 12, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. for candidates other than the incumbent to file for that office.
A Candidate’s Handbook, including the Nomination Petition, Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement, Candidate’s Statement Form, Campaign Disclosure forms, and other information concerning the election will be available by appointment at the City Clerk’s office beginning July 13, 2020.
To schedule an appointment, please call (714) 744-5500. All filings must be made with the City Clerk.
Click on Prospective Candidate List to view a list of candidates that have been issued nomination papers and that have qualified for the November 3, 2020, election.
Please click on November 2020 Election Notices and Resolutions below to view Notice of Election and Notice of Nominees.
- November 2020 Election Notices and Resolutions
- Campaign Contribution Limit
- Eligibility to Run for Office
- Candidate Handbook
- Sign Regulations
- Candidate Resources
- Voter Information
- Campaign Filings
- Where to Vote in Orange
Candidates or candidate controlled committees shall not accept any contributions aggregating more than $1,000 per mayoral election cycle and $1,000 per City Council, City Clerk, or City Treasurer election cycle.
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 18 years of age
- Council Member candidates must be residents and registered voters of the respective district at the time nomination papers are issued (OMC 2.02.020)
- Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer candidates must be residents and registered voters of the City of Orange
Signatures on candidate nomination forms must be from registered voters in the Council Candidate’s District or registered voters in the entire City for Mayor, City Clerk, and Treasurer.
To schedule an appointment to review and pick up the Candidate Handbook, please call (714) 744-5500. All filings must be made with the City Clerk.
Campaign signs are not permitted in the public right of way and must be removed within 10 days of the applicable election. (OMC 17.36.170)
Candidate Resources and Helpful Links:
In collaboration with the FPPC, the City of Buena Park will be hosting a webinar on July 16, 2020, for Candidates and Treasurers from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please click here to register: (this webinar is open to the public) https://mailchi.mp/1326a0e2a0e4/buenaparkcandidatetreasurerwebinar
Additional webinars can be found on the FPPC website here: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/training-and-outreach/candidates-treasurers-committees.html
The Constitution of the United States has been amended several times to ensure all citizens are provided an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process. Take advantage of your right to vote:
To be eligible to register to vote in California you must be:
- A citizen of the United States
- A resident of California
- At least 18 years of age
- Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
How to Register to Vote:
- Online at registertovote.ca.gov
- Mail in a registration form (forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office, post office, DMV, Orange County Registrar of Voters)
- In person by visiting the Orange County Registrar of Voters Office, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana 92705
To view voting and ballot drop-off locations for the upcoming November 3, 2020, election, please click here (you will be redirected to the OC Registrar of Voters website.
Vote Centers mean 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 you - from drive-thru ballot drop-off, in-person options, returning your ballot via the United States Postal Service (no stamp required), or personally deliver your ballot to the Registrar of Voters. Visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website for more information.
Vote Centers in Orange:
Hours of Operation
10/30 - 11/2
8 AM-8 PM
Election Day - 11/3
7 AM- 8 PM
- Chapman University-Argyros Forum, 386 N. Center St.
- El Modena Branch Library, 380 S. Hewes St.
- Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Ave.
- OUSD Office, 1401 N. Handy St.
- Santiago Canyon College Gym, 8045 E. Chapman Ave.
- Sports Center at Grijalva Park, 368 N. Prospect St.
- Steve Ambriz Memorial Park, 611 Riverbend Pkwy.
- Taft Avenue Community Church, 1350 E. Taft Ave.
Ballot Drop Boxes in Orange:
Ballot Drop Boxes will be open beginning October 5 through Election Day
- County of Orange Social Services Agency, 800 N. Eckhoff (Walk up)
- El Modena Branch Library (Drive-thru & walk up)
- Orange Public Library (Drive-thru & walk up)
- Taft Branch Library (Drive-thru & walk up)
For a full list of vote centers and ballot drop box locations in Orange County, please visit the Registrar of Voters website.
On November 12, 2019, the Orange City Council adopted Ordinance No. 06-19 moving the City from at-large to district-based elections.The election of November 3, 2020, will be the first conducted in the by-district system. In by-district elections, the City is divided into Council districts. Each voter resides within one of those districts, and participates in the election of one City Council member who must also reside in and be a registered voter of that district. The Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer are elected at large. Please click here to view the District Map. To verify your Council District, click on the interactive map below.
For more information on the district election process, please click here. If you need further assistance, please call the City of Orange City Manager’s Office at (714) 744-7222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|To find out if you are currently registered to vote, click the link below to visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website.|
FIND OUT IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE, HERE!
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WHAT DISTRICT ARE YOU IN?