Election & Voter Services
The City Clerk serves as the local elections official and coordinates with the County of Orange in conducting Municipal Elections. Duties of the Elections Official include preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring elections results; coordination of the candidate nomination process and receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions.
The City of Tustin consolidates its regular elections with statewide elections held on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years to fill expired City Council terms and conducts elections in accordance with the California Elections Code and local regulations.
City Council members are elected at-large to a four-year term. Council Members serve staggered terms with two or three seats alternately expiring every two years, with a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms.
2020 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION HELD ON NOVEMBER 3, 2020
For the November 3, 2020 election, three City Council seats will be open. In addition, the following measure will be submitted to the voters:
NOTICE TO VOTERS OF DATE AFTER WHICH NO ARGUMENTS FOR OR AGAINST A CITY MEASURE MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Tustin on November 3, 2020, at which the following measure will be submitted to the voters:
“Shall the Tustin City Code be amended to comply with the Council salary formula provided for by California Government Code Sections 36516 and 36516.5 to ensure that Council salaries are set and strictly limited by such Government Codes, commencing at $600 per month?”
The full text of the measure is available for review at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument, not to exceed 300 words in length, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of a least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, for or against the City measure. The required signature form is available in the City Clerk’s Office.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, based upon the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the arguments and sample ballots for the election, the City Clerk has fixed August 4, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., during normal office hours as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the Clerk for printing and distribution to the voters. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Section 9287 of the Election Code of the State of California, if more than one argument for or more than one argument against any City measure is submitted to the City Clerk within the time prescribed, the City Clerk shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters according to the requirements set forth in Section 9287.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any ordinance, impartial analysis, or direct argument filed under the authority of the Elections Code will be available for public examination in the City Clerk’s Office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for the filing of the arguments and analysis. Any rebuttal argument filed under the authority of the Elections Code will be available for public examination in the City Clerk’s Office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for filing rebuttal arguments.
The filing period for Nomination Papers and Candidate Statements is July 13, 2020 to August 7, 2020. During this time, individuals officially receive, circulate, and file a nomination paper for candidacy. To schedule an appointment to receive a candidate packet, please contact the City Clerk at 714-573-3025.
VOTE CENTERS AND BALLOT DROP OFF BOXES
California Senate Bill 450 (Voter’s Choice Act) was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2016. The law authorizes counties to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election provided the jurisdiction provides ballot drop-off locations, vote centers and outreach.
Beginning in 2020, the Orange County Registrar of Voters transitioned to vote centers and ballot drop boxes. Elections are no longer a one-day event. Voting begins the month before any election day and every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters now have many convenient options to vote which include mailing their ballot, voting in person at a vote center, deliver their ballot to a ballot drop box or deliver the ballot in person to the Registrar of Voters. For more information, please visit the Registrar of Voters website: www.ocvote.com.
Tustin Vote Centers
4 Day Vote Center
- Columbus Tustin Activity Center (17522 Beneta Way)
- Community Center at The Market Place (2961 El Camino Real)
- Tustin Family and Youth Center (14722 Newport Avenue)
11 Day Voter Center
- Clifton C. Miller Community Center (300 Centennial Way)
Ballot Drop Box
- Tustin Metrolink Station (2975 Edinger Avenue)
- Tustin Sports Park (12850 Robinson Park)
To be eligible to vote in an election, you must register to vote at least 15 days prior to the election date. Once you have registered, your voter registration will remain active, regardless of whether or not you voted in the last election.
- You are a United States citizen;
- You are a resident of California; and
- You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election), with the following exceptions:
- You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
- You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.
The City Clerk’s office would be happy to mail you a Voter Registration Form; contact us at 714-573-3027, or you may register online. Voter registrations are maintained and filed with the County Registrar’s Office. You may mail your completed form directly to the County Registrar or submit it to the City Clerk’s office.