Elections

The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates the conduct of local municipal elections with the County of Orange. This includes the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring the result of election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council Terms. All election services are provided in accordance with the California Elections Code.

The City’s next election will be November 8, 2016.

City Council Elections: In the City of Laguna Hills, City Council Members are elected at-large for a four year term. City Council Members serve staggered terms, which means that either 2 or 3 seats are open for election every two years. City Council Members receive an annual stipend, CalPERS contribution and health benefits. For the upcoming November 2016 election, two City Council Seats will be up for election.

To access the 2016 Candidate Hanbook, please visit
http://www.lagunahillsca.gov/candidatehandbook

BECOMING A CANDIDATE

To qualify as a candidate for member of the City Council, you must reside in and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued. In addition, you must be:

  1. At least 18 year old;
  2. A U.S. Citizen;
  3. A resident of the City of Laguna Hills;
  4. Registered to vote in the City of Laguna Hills; and
  5. You must not be on parole or serving time for a felony conviction.

Public Information: Becoming a candidate for public office means that information about you will become a matter of public record. With a few exceptions, this includes any and all documents submitted to the City during the course of the election. Consequently, these documents must, by law, be available to the public for inspection and/or copying.

Pre-Nomination Period Activities: Prior to soliciting or receiving any contributions related to candidacy, you must file a Statement of Intention with the City Clerk’s Office. There are additional filing requirements dependent on the amount of contributions anticipated to be received. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (949) 707-2630 if you are planning on soliciting contributions prior to the official filing/nomination period.

Filing Requirements and Nomination Period: In the City of Laguna Hills, there is no campaign filing fee for a candidate of municipal office. To become a candidate, you must first be issued a Nomination Petition which specifies the office you are seeking. You must obtain the signatures of at least 20 and not more than 30 registered voters within the City of Laguna Hills. Additionally, a number of other forms are required to be filed, including:

  1. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement; and
  2. Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements.

All necessary forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office beginning Monday, July 18, 2016. The Nomination Period closes on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (949) 707-2630 to schedule an appointment for issuance of the Candidate Packet and Nomination Petition.

VOTER SERVICES

Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries, post offices, and City Hall. In addition, you can register to vote online through the California Secretary of State website. For more information regarding voter registration, please visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website at www.ocvote.com