At least 418,600 Orange County ballots were left to count as of Wednesday evening, and “tens of thousands” more are estimated to be still traveling through the mail, so it will be days if not weeks before the outcome of a number of close races are known.
The city is seeking a court order to force Mayor Miguel Pulido to sign paperwork allowing a June ballot measure in which voters could change Santa Ana’s election system to district-based voting. The case could be filed in Superior Court as soon as Tuesday.
Joe Kerr, who is running for a seat on the OC Board of Supervisors, writes that OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley deserves better support from county supervisors on his efforts to improve Orange County’s voting systems.
Chapman University Political Science Professor Fred Smoller explains why Orange County Supervisors should implement the Voter’s Choice Act, arguing it could save millions of dollars as well as making voting easier and more convenient.
Jose F. Moreno, a longtime community activist and nemesis of Anaheim’s business establishment, overcame an election-night deficit to squeak by incumbent Jordan Brandman in the race for the District 3 City Council seat.
Jose Moreno, who is challenging Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman for his seat, caught up to the incumbent Friday as vote counting continued in the neck-and-neck race that will likely determine the direction of the council.
With more than 378,000 ballots left to count countywide, and just a few hundred votes separating candidates in two key Anaheim City Council races, winners may not be officially declared until the end of November.
Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen has overtaken Republican Bob Peterson for second place behind former state Sen. Lou Correa in the race for the 46th District U.S. House seat. The top two will face each other in the November general election.
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do and Santa Ana Councilwoman Michelle Martinez finished less than 400 votes apart in the race for the First District supervisorial seat. The two will face each other in the November general election.