This year will be the second 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 in Districts 1, 2 and 6.  


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 1, 2 and 6.  District elections will alternate every two years so that elections will occur once every four years in any given district.  In 2022 representatives for Districts 3, 4 and 5 will be elected. 


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? 


This year those City Council members' terms expire and the at-large seats will no longer exist.


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