Council to decide tonight how to fill its vacant seat

By Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC | Fullerton residents could learn tonight if the vacant City Council seat will be filled by appointment or special election when the Council is slated to make a decision after deadlocking on the issue in December.

If the Council opts for a special election, it would be held Nov. 5. The idea of holding a mail-in election at an earlier date was floated at the Dec. 18 meeting. That could have saved the city nearly $200,000 for an election. But a Jan. 9 email exchange between Registrar of Voters Neal Kelly and City Manager Ken Domer said the city is too large to qualify for a mail-in election.

Now, the Council will have to choose between appointing someone or holding a Nov. 5 special election which could cost up to $428,000.

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