On February 26, 2019, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to change the County’s voting system by eliminating precinct polling locations, replacing them with vote centers, and automatically sending every registered voter a mail ballot beginning in 2020. The agenda item can be found here, but in summary, the action (Attachment C) approved the implementation of the Voter’s Choice Act (Senate Bill 450) for future elections in Orange County through the use of 188 vote center locations throughout Orange County (38 sites, operating for 11 days and 150 sites, operating for 4 days).
At Vote Centers, casting a ballot in Orange County will be easier and more convenient for voters:
- Every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot
- Every voter will be able to vote at any location in Orange County
- The option to vote in-person for an 11-day period, including weekends
The move to Vote Centers will end our traditional polling place program as the new voting model allows us to focus on large community-based city-owned sites, overall reducing the number of non-public facilities needed.
The next Primary Election is March 3, 2020. Newport Beach's next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Click here for information about running for City Council or contact City Clerk Leilani Brown at 949-644-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.