Legislation Advances to Put OC Education Board Elections on November Ballot

A California bill that would move Orange County Board of Education elections to November to coincide with general elections advanced out of the senate elections committee Jan. 13. Senate Bill 286, authored by state Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) who represents Senate District 37 which includes the cities of Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Orange, to name a few, would work to increase voter turnout by placing contests for seats for the county’s board of education on the same ballot as national elections that have a higher voter turnout. “The Orange County Board of Education is an important governmental institution, and therefore elections for this body should take place during the general election when most voters are actually participating, rather than during lower turnout primary elections, as is the practice today,” Min said in a statement. Overall, if the bill is ultimately approved, voter turnout differences could be substantial. In …

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