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. 









Pursuant to Chapter 1.25 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code,
the current contribution limit is $1,100.




Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 1.16.050 - Use of the Official Seal

A.    The official seal of the City of Newport Beach shall only be used for the official business of the City of Newport Beach, its City Council, boards and commissions, committees, officers or departments, except upon approval of the City Council by ordinance or resolution. Except as expressly provided herein, no person, other than the City of Newport Beach, shall reproduce, use, allow to be used, give away, sell, or distribute the official seal of the City of Newport Beach.

B.    As used herein, the term “official seal of the City of Newport Beach” shall mean: (1) the seal defined in this chapter as well as any design which is an imitation of said seal or of the design thereof, or which may be mistaken for the seal of this City or the design thereof; and (2) any cut, facsimile, or reproduction of said seal.

C.    As used herein, “use” of the official seal of the City of Newport Beach shall include the depiction of the official seal of the City of Newport Beach in any picture, photograph, or visual representation, whether it is a direct depiction of the seal or the seal is included in the background.

D.    As used herein, the term “official business” shall include: official communications that reflect a position or policy of the City Council; the placement of the City seal on City owned/leased property, City uniforms or City signs; communications from City employees related to matters which the employees are working on for the City; and communications that do not set forth a position or policy of the City such as proclamations, constituent services, thank you cards and letters of condolence. As used herein, the term “official business” shall not include any of the following uses: commercial; or noncommercial including, but not limited to, nonprofit, malicious, political, including, but not limited to, the support of or opposition to any person seeking an elected office or any ballot measure, religious, educational, fundraising, personal or secular. (Ord. 2015-27 § 1, 2015: Ord. 1582 § 2, 1974)



April 11, 2017

Council Member Peotter was Served with the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition           

April 12, 2017

Proponents Filed Notice of Intention with the City Clerk

April 18, 2017


Council Member Peotter Submitted to the City Clerk his Answer to Notice of Intention

May 23, 2017

City Clerk Found Petition for Recall Format Sufficient

October 30, 2017
Last Day for Proponents to File Petition for Recall with the City Clerk




Orange County Registrar of Voters Video:  How Elections Are Really Conducted

Public Service Announcement:  Orange County Musicians Team Up with Registrar of Voters
to Encourage Election Day Volunteering


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Voter Registration: 

Voter registration applications are available in the City Clerk's Office from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Applications are also available online at the Orange County Registrar of Voters (ROV) website at: www.ocvote.com.

You May Register to Vote in California if:

  • You are a United States citizen at the time you register
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the next election
  • You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent

Voter Registration Deadlines:

In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day.

You will need to re-register to vote when:

  • You move
  • You change your name
  • You change your political party choice

Vote-By-Mail (formerly Absentee Voting):

Vote-By-Mail allows a voter to submit their ballot for a given election by mail. Information on how to apply for Vote-By-Mail status can be accessed through the ROV.












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