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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: October 5, 2021 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-a <br /> SUBJECT: Presentation of Final Report from the BOCC Elections Advisory Group (BEAG) <br /> DEPARTMENT: County Attorney & County <br /> Manager <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Presentation Greg Wilder, Manager's Office, 245-2300 <br /> BEAG Final Report on the Process for John Roberts, County Attorney, 245- <br /> Electing County Commissioners in 2318 <br /> Orange County Brian Carson, Planning & Inspections, <br /> 245-2595 <br /> Todd McGee, Community Relations, 245- <br /> 2302 <br /> Retired District Court Judge Jay Bryan, <br /> BEAG Facilitator <br /> PURPOSE: To receive the Final Report on the Process for Electing County Commissioners in <br /> Orange County from the BOCC Elections Advisory Group and provide direction on next steps. <br /> BACKGROUND: At the Board of Commissioners' April 7, 2020 Virtual Business meeting, a <br /> request/petition was presented that the Board discuss and potentially change a portion of the <br /> process under which some or all Board members are elected. <br /> The Board subsequently discussed the issue at its May 5, 2020 Virtual Business meeting and <br /> voted to: <br /> 1) Establish a committee to study alternative methods of election; <br /> 2) Select members for the committee no later than January 31, 2021; <br /> 3) Have the committee review options and report back by July 31, 2021; and <br /> 4) For the Board to review the recommendations, and if necessary conduct public hearings <br /> and make a decision in time for the March 2022 primary election. <br /> The Board subsequently discussed the proposal further at its September 10, 2020 work session. <br /> Staff requested direction from the Board on: <br /> • the total number of members the committee should include; <br /> • whether the committee should consist entirely of residents; <br /> • whether election or other experts would be considered/appointed; <br /> • whether there should be representation from nonprofit entities; <br /> • whether there would be a formal application process; and <br /> • any other details regarding the establishment of the committee. <br />