Mission Viejo’s latest round of election night results continued to show early leads for incumbents Patricia “Trish” Kelley and Mayor Brian Goodell on Tuesday, in a year where only the two top vote-getters in this at-large, citywide election will emerge victorious and win seats on the City Council.
A large number of outstanding ballots remain to be counted, but whoever takes office will oversee this south county city and one of the country’s largest single-project planned communities.
These results reflect all early votes cast up to Monday night. They do not include ballots cast in person on Election Day or mail-in ballots that arrived after Monday evening.
Election Day ballots are scheduled to be reported out in updates from county election officials Tuesday, starting at 9 p.m. In California, mail-in ballots can arrive in the days after the election and still count as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day.
Mission Viejo has a population of roughly 95,000. It’s a city in the midst of a transformation, moving away from at-large voting to cumulative voting in response to a legal challenge raising issues of voter disenfranchisement, specifically as it pertains to the city’s pocket of Latinos.
Read more about this race in depth: Eight People Hope to Win Two Seats on the Mission Viejo City Council.
Brandon Pho is a Voice of OC reporter and corps member at Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @photherecord.