City Begins Transition to District-Based Elections

At the July 24, 2023, City Council Meeting, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council adopted a Resolution declaring its intention to transition from at-large to by-district municipal elections.

To help share information about the district formation process, public mapping tools, and maps drawn by the public and to collect public feedback, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has launched a dedicated district formation webpage: www.drawrsm.org. The webpage includes background information about district formation, a schedule outlining public hearings and deadlines, frequently asked questions and other details. The page will be updated throughout the process to include additional information on upcoming meetings, hearings, and draft maps.


The City Clerk is the local Election Official and coordinates with the Orange County Registrar of Voters Office to conduct municipal elections. 

General Municipal Election - November 8, 2022

A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for three Members of the City Council for Full Terms of Four (4) Years each. 

Election Results

Results for the 2022 General Election will be posted beginning at 8:05 p.m. on November 8th. For Election Results, click here.

For Election Results Reporting Schedule, click here.

Vote Center Locations

October 29th to November 4th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 5th to November 7th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

November 8th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rancho Santa Margarita Branch Library
Opens October 29th
30902 La PromesaCorner of Richard Reese Way
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
Opens November 5th
22232 El PaseoOff Richard Reese Way
Trabuco Canyon Water District
Opens November 5th
32003 Dove Canyon DriveOff Plano Trabuco Road

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Open 24/7 starting October 10th to November 8th until 8 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Margarita
Walk Up
30615 Avenida De Las FloresCorner of Banderas
Rancho Santa Margarita Branch Library
Walk Up
30902 La PromesaCorner of Richard Reese Way

Notice of Nominees

To view the Notice of Nominees, click here.

To view the Notice of Nominees in Spanish, click here.

Secretary of State Randomized Alphabet Drawing

On August 18, 2022, in accordance with Elections Code section 13112(b)(1)(C)(i), the Secretary of State's office conducted a drawing of the letters of the alphabet to determine the randomized alphabet for use in the General Municipal Election on November 8, 2022.

The finalized list of qualified candidates is listed in the order as dictated by the Secretary of State randomized alphabet drawing:





Candidate's Statements Public Review Period

The public review period for candidates' statements closed Monday, August 22, 2022. 

For ten (10) calendar days after the filing deadline for candidate's statements, the Election Official shall make a copy of the candidate's statements available for public examination in the Election Official's office.

Nomination Filing Period

The nomination filing period for City Council candidates opened Monday, July 18, 2022 and closed Friday, August 12, 2022, no later than 5:00 p.m.

To request a Candidate Log, please contact the City Clerk, Amy Diaz, at (949) 635-1806 or via email at adiaz@cityofrsm.org.   

Notice of Election

To view the Notice of Election, click here.

To view the Notice of Election in Spanish, click here.

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms are at City Hall and the Rancho Santa Margarita Library. First time voters must register to vote. For more information related to voter registration, please visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website.

Election Resources