By Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
The resignation of Supervisor Janet Nguyen, effective November 25, 2014, resulted in a vacancy in the office of Orange County Supervisor, First District. In a closely watched election, Andrew Do prevailed over former Senator Lou Correa.
Pursuant to the Orange County Charter approved by the voters on March 5, 2002 (Measure V) and the Orange County Codified Ordinance Section 1-2-10, the Board of Supervisors was required to call a special election within three business days of the vacancy, to be held on a Tuesday not less than 56 days nor more than 70 days after the vacancy occurred.
The election was held on January 27, 2015. The charter provides that the individual who receives the highest number of votes at this election will fill the unexpired term. There is no provision for a run-off election.
Total turnout from the election was 22.6% with 19% of voters casting their ballot by mail and 3.5% of voters voting in their polling place. In the 2007 First District Special Election overall turnout was 22.4%, vote-by-mail voting was 17.3% and polling place voting was 5.1%.
On Tuesday, the Board voted to unanimously to formally receive and file the certification of the special election. I would like to thank Neal Kelley, the Registrar of Voters, for his dedication and hard work in overseeing a transparent and fair election process.
I look forward to serving with Supervisor Do and working collaboratively with all of my colleagues so that we can achieve many things for the residents of Orange County, the sixth largest county in America. Please click here to learn more and here to view the results.