NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The majority of Newport Beach voters have already cast their mail-in ballots and returned them, though some will venture out to vote centers on Tuesday to either mark their ballots or hand them in for counting.
Here in Newport Beach, voters will select new city councilmembers and school board members.
Several districts have races, and there are 13 ballot measures across the county. Some of these include:
Newport Beach's Measure Z is for the addition of Harbor Commission to the Newport Beach City Charter.
Orange County voters will also weigh in on races for representation in the U.S. Congress.
In the 48th Congressional District, incumbent Harley Rouda, Democrat, faces Michelle Steel, Republican, County Board Of Supervisors Chairwoman. Rouda is best known for ousting longstanding Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher in 2018. The district includes Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Niguel.
Newport Beach will vote for a State Senator:
37th District - longstanding Republican incumbent John Moorlach races against Democrat Dave Min, a law professor at UC Irvine. The district includes Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Orange, Villa Park, and Anaheim Hills, who suffered wildfire damage in both the late-October Silverado Fire and Blue Ridge Fire to the north.
Newport Beach Will Vote For State Assembly:
74th District: Cottie Petrie-Norris, Democrat and incumbent, faces Diane Dixon, a Newport Beach City Councilmember, Republican. This district includes the cities of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine.
Orange County residents will also vote for School Districts, Special District Contests of Water, Community services, Sanitation, Library District and Geologic Hazard Abatement.
Most Orange County cities will vote for city council members, some by district. Patch will be following city council elections in:
Rancho Santa Margarita
San Juan Capistrano
Orange County has 1.7 million registered voters, according to statistics from the Orange County Registrar of Voters. As of this report, Orange County saw a surge in voter registration in September. According to Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley's office, the county's voters consist of 36 percent democratic voters, 34 percent Republican voters.
The largest unknown in the county is the vast number of voters who claim no party preference. This makes up 24 percent of the vote.
According to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla's office, statewide, there are 21.2 million registered voters, an increase of 800,000 since the primary in March.
Stay tuned to Patch on Election Day for results.
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