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Election News

November 8, 2016, General Municipal Election -  Two Seats (Districts 3 & 4)

*Candidates must be registered voters residing in District 3 or 4. The City Clerk will issue nomination paper and candidate packet during the nomination period of July 18 through August 12.  Call Adria M. Jimenez, MMC, City Clerk, (714) 562-3750 or email at ajimenez@buenapark.com to make an appointment.

General Municipal Election

The City Clerk is the election official and conducts the General Municipal Election which is held on the first Tuesday in November of even numbered years to elect members of the City Council and to consider local ballot measures. Because Council terms overlap, three positions are open at one election and two positions are open at the next election two years later. Council Members are elected for four-year terms and must be registered voters and must reside within the designated district boundary.  The City does not have a directly-elected Mayor; each year the five council members select one of their own to serve as Mayor.

Click here to view the Voting District Map.  Below are the dates of election by district. 

District 1 November 2018
District 2     November 2018
District 3     November 2016
District 4 November 2016
District 5 November 2018

Voter Registration

To be eligible to vote in an election, you must register 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.

Qualifications:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen at the time you register.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age before the date of the next election.
  • You may not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

You Must Re-register if You:

  • Move
  • Change Your Name
  • Change Your Political Party Affiliation

The City Clerk’s office would be happy to mail you a Voter Registration Form; contact us at (714) 562-3754, or you may register online at www.ocvote.com. Voter registrations are maintained and filed with the County Registrar. You may mail your completed form directly to the County Registrar or submit it to the City Clerk’s office.

Where Do I Vote?

Your polling place will be listed on the back page of the Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet which will be mailed to you by the Orange County Registrar of Voters approximately three weeks before the election. Or you may access your polling place and sample ballot on-line at www.ocvote.com.

 

Election News - District Voting System Finalized

Starting with the November 2016 election, council members will be elected from geographically defined districts. A map of selected districts is available for viewing at DrawBP.org.

On January 12, 2016, the Buena Park City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a district voting system that replaces the previous at-large electoral voting system. The new system includes five voting districts, which will ultimately be represented by newly elected council members that live in each area.  The City does not have a directly-elected Mayor; annually the City Council selects one of its own to serve as Mayor.

Thanks to an overwhelming response from the community and the help of geographic consultants, the City Council was able to select a district map based on more than 30 submissions. The map consists of five council districts that reflect Buena Park’s varied communities with consideration given to school attendance zones, neighborhoods and parks, freeway vicinities, and other defining factors.

Election News - May 19, 2015 - Special Election - Measure A

A Special Election was held May 19, 2015, Special Election

Measure A - Buena Park Open Space and Park Preservation Initiative.  The initiative would have required voter approval for changes in land designated as open space.  The initiative was not successful and was defeated.  For election information visit ocvote.com/infoor call 1-888-628-6837.

 
Election News - November 4, 2014, General Municipal Election

 

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