DETAILS ABOUT THE 2018 ELECTION
This year will be the first time that Costa Mesa voters will elect a Mayor. It will also be the first time we will elect City Council members to represent the residents by district.
How did this happen?
A short explanation of a complicated issue is that in December 2015, the City of Costa Mesa was threatened with a lawsuit because it was alleged that its at-large voting system violated the California Voting Rights Act. As part of settling that lawsuit, the City agreed to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot (Measure EE) that would allow for district-based elections so that the votes of minority voters would not be diluted. Although controversial in the manner in which it was written, having the process being rushed, and the way districts were drawn, Measure EE was passed by 65% of the voters.
What is your voting district?
The City of Costa Mesa's website has an interactive map that allows you to determine your voting district either by zooming in on the map or by typing in your address or Assessor's Parcel Number (found on your property tax bill). Here is the link to that map.
How many voters are in each district? Are they divided equally?
The following is the latest information on the number of voters in each District. No, it is not divided equally.
What districts are electing City Council members this year?
Districts 3, 4 and 5. In 2020, Districts, 1, 2 and 6 will elect their City Council representatives. District elections will alternate every two years so that elections will occur once every four years in any given district.
What about the Mayor?
The Mayor will be elected every two years in city-wide elections.
What happens to the current City Council members that were elected in 2016 whose terms have not expired?
Those City Council members will remain on the City Council until their terms expire, unless they run for another office and win those seats. In that case, the at-large seats will be vacated. The vacated seats will be filled either by appointment by a majority vote of the then-elected City Council members, or by special election.