Special election to fill vacant
Orange City Council seat cancelled
As part of a settlement reached with plaintiffs Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) and Luis Ortiz-Franco, the special at-large election originally scheduled for Nov. 5 to fill a vacant Orange City Council seat has been cancelled.
The plaintiffs sued the City of Orange in February, alleging that the current at-large system for electing five council members is a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. In their complaint, the plaintiffs requested that the city hold no further at-large elections.
Under the settlement, the city has agreed to move to by-district elections starting in November 2020. It will have six voting districts and the city council will consist of six members, one for each district, as well as a mayor directly elected at-large by the voters every two years. All incumbents will complete their current terms.
The cancelled special election was originally called to fill the council seat vacated by Mark Murphy upon his election as mayor in November 2018. A candidate elected to fill that vacancy would have completed the unfilled term ending in November 2020. According to the settlement, four district seats (two existing council positions and two new council positions) will be filled in by-district elections in November 2020.