Presidential Primary Election - March 5, 2024

The Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

Vote Center and Ballot Drop Box Locations

For Vote Center and Ballot Drop Box locations within the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, click here.

District-Based Elections

On October 11, 2023, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita City Council adopted Ordinance No. 23-02 implementing 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 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 was 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

For Election Results, click here.

For Election Results Reporting Schedule, click here.

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