Elections

The City of Lake Forest consolidates with the County of Orange Registrar of Voters Office for all municipal elections. The City Clerk serves as the elections official and the Clerk’s Office is responsible for all candidates’ filings, the issuance and acceptance of nomination papers, City measures and publication of all legal notices as well as campaign and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The general municipal elections for the City are held on the first Tuesday in November of even-numbered years for the purpose of electing City Council members or placing special measures before the voters. Special elections may be called for the purpose of referendum, initiative and/or recall.

The City Council is made up of five city council members that are nominated and elected by District.  The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are selected by a vote of their peers annually at the first City Council meeting in December, to serve the following calendar year.  The City Council members are non-partisan.

City Council members each serve a four-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. At the next City election, to be held on November 3, 2020 Districts 1 and 5 will be up for election.

To be eligible to be elected to the office of city council, a person must be a qualified voter and a resident of the district from which the candidate is nominated at the time Nomination Papers are issued as provided for in the Elections Code of the State of California.

For specific questions regarding the election process, please contact the City Clerk during regular business hours at (949) 461-3420.

General Election - November 3, 2020

The City of Lake Forest will participate in the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to elect two City Council members by district to four-year terms. This election completes the transition to district-based elections. The remaining districts in this process are District 1 and District 5. Candidates must be 18 years of age, registered to vote in Lake Forest, and have their primary residence within district boundaries. 

To verify the district in which you live, enter your address on the interactive map below.