Orange County Election: Residents Prepare To Vote Nov. 2020

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The majority of Orange County 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.

Across Orange County cities, 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.

Measure BB in San Clemente adds term limits for your city council members.

Los Alamitos's Measure Y hopes to add a 1.5 cent sales tax and generate a projected $4.1 million a year for providing public safety and neighborhood services, reducing 911 response times.

County Supervisors - District 1: There is one seat in play on the County Board of Supervisors: Andrew Do, the incumbent, vs. Sergio Contreras, a Westminster city councilman. Andrew Do won 42.3 percent of the votes in the primary election.

The District 1 seat consists of Fountain Valley's northern section, Garden Grove, unincorporated Midway City, Santa Ana, and Westminster.

Orange County voters will also weigh in on races for representation in the U.S. Congress.

Voters in the 39th Congressional District, including parts of Northern Orange County, will decide between Gil Cisneros, the incumbent, and Young Kim, a former assemblywoman.

In the 45th District, Katie Porter, Democrat, the incumbent, faces Greg Raths, Republican, a councilman in Mission Viejo for the district hit hard by the Silverado Fire in late October. Voters will turn out from Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Rancho Santa Margarita to make their voices heard.

For the 46th District, incumbent Lou Correa, Democrat, faces James S. Waters, Republican, a former postal worker. The district primarily encompasses Santa Ana, Orange, and Anaheim, hard hit by the devastating blow to tourism at Orange County theme parks and subsequent layoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 47th District has incumbent Alan Lowenthal, Democrat, facing John Briscoe, Republican school board member of the Ocean View School District. The North Orange County portion of this district encompasses Garden Grove, Westminster, Cypress, Los Alamitos.

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.

Incumbent Mike Levin faces Bryan Maryott, a San Juan Capistrano City Councilman, in the 49th District. The 49th spans South Orange County cities of Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and north San Diego County.

Two Orange County districts will vote for a State Senator:

29th District - Republican Ling Ling Chang, incumbent, faces Democrat Josh Newman. This race is a replay of the vote from 2018, where Chang ousted Newman in a recall. The district includes inland Orange County cities of Cypress, parts of Anaheim, Yorba Linda, as well as SGV cities of Chino Hills and Walnut, all recently hit hard by the Blue Ridge Fire.

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.

Six Orange County Districts Will Vote For State Assembly:

65th District - Sharon Quirk-Silva, Democrat and incumbent, will face Cynthia Thacker, Republican and retired businesswoman. The district covers a large part of north and inland Orange County, including the cities of Stanton, Cypress, Buena Park, Fullerton, and Placentia.

68th District - Incumbent Steven Choi, Republican, faces Melissa Fox, Democrat, Irvine City Councilwoman. The district includes Lake Forest, Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, and Anaheim Hills.

69th District: Democrat Tom Daly, incumbent, faces Jon Paul White, Republican, for the district that encompasses Tustin, Santa Ana, and parts of Anaheim.

72 District: Incumbent Janet Nguyen, Republican, and former state senator and former Garden Grove Councilwoman, faces Deidre Nguyen, current Garden Grove councilwoman and Democrat. They battle for the seat left behind by Republican Tyler Diep, who was outvoted in the March primary. This district includes Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach.

73rd District: Laguna Niguel's Republican Mayor Laurie Davies will face off with Scott Rhinehart, Democrat, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. They will battle for the spot left behind by incumbent Bill Brough, Republican, who was outvoted in March's primary. The district includes San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto De Caza, Trabuco Canyon, and Mission Viejo.

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:

  • Dana Point

  • Laguna Beach

  • Laguna Niguel

  • Lake Forest

  • Mission Viejo

  • Newport Beach

  • Rancho Santa Margarita

  • San Clemente

  • 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.

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This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch

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