Voters in Irvine and throughout California have some decisions to make! Mail-in ballots for the March 5th California primary election were sent to all registered voters.
On the ballot, voters will select their choice for President; an open U.S. Senate seat; a seat in the House of Representatives; State Senate and Assembly seats; an Orange County Supervisors seat; and other races including judgeships and leadership posts in some political parties. In most races, the top two vote-getters on the March 5th ballot will continue on to face each other in the November 2024 General Election.
Of particular importance on ballots here in Irvine is Measure D, which would expand the Irvine City Council from five to seven members and transition our City Council elections to a system of district elections whereby residents in every part of town would elect their own representative on the City Council. If passed on March 5th, the new voting system will begin with the November 2024 election. (Irvine Community News & Views has endorsed the measure and recommends a “YES! on Measure D” vote.)
Here is how you vote by mail:
- Mark your ballot. Be sure to follow the instructions on the ballot.
- Put the ballot into the return envelope that has your name printed on it. Seal the envelope.
- Sign the back of the envelope where indicated, in ink. Also print the date, your name and your residence address.
You can mail your ballot any time from now through Election Day via the U.S. Postal Service at no charge. Remember, your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked no later than March 5th to be counted!
You can also return your ballot to any Vote Center run by the Orange County Registrar of Voters. In Irvine, Vote Centers will open on February 24th and will be located at City Hall, Irvine Community Centers, the UCI Student Center, and a few other other locations. A complete list is here.
Vote Centers will be open every day from 8am until 5pm, with the closing time extending to 8pm on March 2nd thru March 4th. On Election Day (March 5th), Vote Centers will be open and accepting mail-ballot dropoffs from 7am until 8pm.
There are also 10 secure drop boxes in Irvine where you can return your ballot any time between now and 8pm on March 5th; they are listed here.
Visit the Registrar’s website here to learn what to do if you forgot to sign your ballot before mailing it; and to get answers to other frequently asked questions.
Below is a list of the higher profile races to be decided on March 5th (with the leading candidates included).
In the Democratic primary, voters will choose between incumbent President Joe Biden and other candidates, including Marianne Williamson and Minnesota Congressional Representative Dean Phillips. In the Republican primary, voters will choose between former President Donald Trump, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and other candidates who have withdrawn since filing to get their names on the ballot.
The major candidates vying to succeed the late Senator Dianne Feinstein are Democratic Congressional Representatives Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee along with two Republicans — former L.A. Dodger Steve Garvey and Eric Early, who ran unsuccessfully for state Attorney General in 2018 and 2022. Because of a quirk in the state’s election law, there will be two elections for this seat — one to choose a replacement for the remainder of Feinstein’s term ending in January 2025 and one for the full six-year term beginning thereafter.
House of Representatives:
In the 47th Congressional District that includes Irvine, voters will be choosing a replacement for Katie Porter, who is foregoing a re-election campaign to run for U.S. Senate. Candidates include Democratic State Senator Dave Min and attorney & women’s rights activist Joanna Weiss as well as Republicans Scott Baugh, who lost to Porter in 2022, and businessman Max Ukropina. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November election.
In the 37th District, incumbent State Senator Josh Newman heads the list of Democrats, while former Irvine Councilmembers Anthony Kuo and Steven Choi as well as Villa Park Councilmember Crystal Miles are running as Republicans.
In the 73rd Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris is facing Republican challengers Scott Peotter and Hengameh Abraham.
O.C. Board of Supervisors
In the 3rd District, incumbent Supervisor Don Wagner is facing a challenge from Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan.
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