General Municipal Elections

The City of Aliso Viejo consolidates its General Municipal Election with the County of Orange in conjunction with its Statewide General Election on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years. The City Clerk oversees the administration of municipal elections and election services for the City. All election services are provided according to the California Elections Code.

Information contained on this page is for candidates for Aliso Viejo City Council only. Candidates running for offices on special district boards that represent Aliso Viejo residents should contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters at 714-567-7600 or visit their website for additional information.

2020 General Municipal Election Information

The City’s next General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020. City Councilmembers are elected at-large for a four-year term and serve "staggered" terms. In 2020, three City Council seats will be open for election. The two remaining seats will be open for election in 2022.

Election Notices

Nomination Period

This is the period when individuals officially receive, circulate and file nomination papers for candidacy. The nomination period for the November 2020 election opens Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7:30 a.m. and closes Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. If an eligible incumbent does not file nomination papers by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020, the nomination period will be extended for non-incumbents only until Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Candidates must be over the age of 18 and a registered voter in the City of Aliso Viejo at the time nomination papers are issued.

Nomination documents are issued by and filed with the City Clerk by appointment.  For more information or to make an appointment, please email Mitzi Ortiz or call 949-425-2506.

Special Notice Regarding COVID-19

Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19, the City Clerk has implemented protocols for candidates.  Please email Mitzi Ortiz or call 949-425-2506 with any questions.

Voter Services

Voter Registration

Register to vote or update voter information online! Voter registration forms are also available at public libraries, post offices and City Hall. To receive a registration form by mail, please call the Orange County Registrar of Voters office at 714-567-7600. Completed registration forms can be hand-delivered to the Registrar’s office, located at 1300 S. Grand Ave. Santa Ana or dropped off in any U.S. mailbox. No postage is necessary.  You must be registered at least 15 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote or complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process.

For additional voter registration information visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website.

Voting Options

The Voter’s Choice Act, passed in 2016, authorizes counties to conduct elections under a new model, which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters. Under the new model, voters can take advantage of vote-by-mail options, early voting, or cast a ballot at any vote center within the County.

Beginning in 2020, the Orange County Registrar of Voters transitioned to the new election model, which means elections are no longer a one-day event. Voting begins the month before any election day with every voter receiving a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters can decide whether to cast their vote by mailing their ballot, voting in person at a vote center, or delivering their ballot to a ballot drop box, vote center or the Registrar of Voters office. For more information, please visit the Registrar of Voters website.

Election Results

The Orange County Registrar of Voters provides local election results.

The California Secretary of State provides statewide election results.