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    November 5, 2019 Uniform District Election (UDEL)

Consolidated Elections Calendar of Events
November 5, 2019

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Overview

The following calendar is intended to provide general information and does not have the force or effect of law, regulation or rule.  References to code sections were accurate on the date of publication, but changes may have occurred since then.  Thus, the references are provided for convenience only and should not be relied upon.  It is distributed with the understanding that the Registrar of Voters is not rendering legal advice and that this calendar is not a substitute for legal counsel.  In the case of conflict, the law, rule or regulation will apply.

Deva Marie Proto, 
County Clerk & Registrar of Voters

Holiday Schedule

For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.  Please note that the following holidays are legal holidays observed by the County of Sonoma.  They may not be the same holidays recognized by other counties or by the Secretary of State’s Office.

2019

 January 1New Year's Day
 January 21Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
 February 12Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
 February 18Presidents' Day
 March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
 May 27 Memorial Day
 July 4Independence Day
 September 2Labor Day
 November 11Veteran's Day
 November 28 Thanksgiving Day
 November 29 The day after Thanksgiving
 December 25 Christmas Day

Candidates

Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501) » Prior to the solicitation or receipt of any contribution or loan, any individual who intends to be a candidate for an elective state office shall file with the Secretary of State’s Office an original of the Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501). Any individual who intends to be a candidate for any other elective office shall file the Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501) with the same filing officer with whom the original campaign statements are required to be filed. See “Pre-Campaign Reporting Requirements,” in the campaign guide, for more information on filing this form.

Government Code §85200

Candidates

Statement of Organization/Campaign Bank Account (Form 410) » Upon the filing of the Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501), any candidate who raises contributions of $2,000 or more in a calendar year shall establish a campaign account at an office of a financial institution located in the state. The candidate shall then set forth the name and address of the financial institution where the candidate has established a campaign account and the account number on the committee Statement of Organization (Form 410). See “Pre-Campaign Reporting Requirements,” in the campaign guide, for more information on filing this form.

A fine of $10 per day, up to a maximum of $100, may be assigned for the late filing of Form 410.

Government Code §§84101, 85201, 91013

Committees

Verification of Independent Expenditures - Committees That Support or Oppose Candidates For State Or Local Offices » The Verification of Independent Expenditures (Form 462) is used to identify an individual responsible for ensuring that the campaign committee’s independent expenditures were not coordinated with the listed candidate or measure committee (or the opponent) and that the committee will report all contributions and reimbursements as required by law. An independent expenditure is not subject to state or local contribution limits. This form must be emailed to the Fair Political Practices Commission within 10 days of an independent expenditure of $1,000 or more

Government Code §§84203, 84213

Committees

Independent Expenditures - Committees That Support or Oppose Candidates for County Offices » Any person who makes independent expenditures in support of or in opposition to any county candidate, which accumulate to one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more during an election cycle shall notify the county registrar of voters and all candidates running for the same seat, by telegram, facsimile, or by any other electronic means accepted by the county registrar of voters, within twenty-four (24) hours each time such an expenditure is made.

Ordinance Number 5231 §2, 2000

June 28 (-130)County Superintendent of Schools

School District Consolidations » Last day for County Superintendent of Schools to notify, in writing, governing boards of compulsory consolidation of their school district elections.

Education Code §§5323, 5340 et sq.

July 3 (-125) District Secretary

Notice of Election and Map of District Boundaries –Special Districts » On or before the 125thday prior to the General District Election, the district secretary shall deliver a notice to the Registrar of Voters Office containing: (a) the elective offices of the district to be filled at the next election; and (b) the district’s policy in regard to candidates Statements of Qualifications. The notice shall bear the secretary’s signature and the district’s seal. The district secretary shall also deliver a map of the district boundaries, (or, in lieu thereof, a statement indicating that there have been no changes to the boundary lines) to the Registrar of Voters Office.

Elections Code §§10509, 10522

July 3 (-125) Registrar of Voters

Jurisdictional Boundary Changes » Jurisdictional boundary changes occurring less than 125 days before an election shall not be effective for purposes of that election.

Elections Code §12262

July 5 (-123) Governing Body/County Superintendent of Schools

Consolidation Order–School District Candidates » Whenever an election for governing board member(s) called by a school district is to be consolidated, the jurisdiction calling the election shall, not later than 5:00 PM on this date, file with the Superintendent of Schools (and a copy to the Registrar of Voters Office) a resolution of its governing board requesting such consolidation

Education Code §5322
Elections Code §§10400 et seq., 13247

July 8 (-120)County Superintendent of Schools

Deliver Election Order to Registrar of Voters Office » No later than this date, the Superintendent of Schools shall deliver to the Registrar of Voters Office the order of election and the formal notice of election.

Education Code §§5324, 5325

July 8 to August 7 (-120 to -90) Registrar of Voters

Notice of Election » At least 90 and not more than 120 days before the date fixed for the general district election, the Registrar of Voters Office shall publish once in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, a notice of election. The notice shall contain the names of offices for which candidates may file to run and shall state the qualifications as required by the principal act for each office, the location where the Declaration of Candidacy forms may be obtained and filed, and the final day and time forms will be accepted for filing. The notice shall also state that if there are no nominees or insufficient nominees for the office and a petition for an election is not filed with the Registrar of Voters Office within the time prescribed by law, appointments will be made.

Elections Code §12112
Education Code §§5361, 5363

July 8 (-120) Governing Body

Policy Regarding Candidates’ Statements of Qualifications » Before the nominating period opens, local agencies scheduled for election shall make the following determinations regarding publication of candidates’ optional Statements of Qualifications in the Voter Information Guide.

  1. Whether the district or candidate must pay the cost of printing the Statement of Qualifications.
  2. If candidates are to pay for the printing of Statements, whether: (a) a payment must be made to the district prior to the filing of the nomination papers, or (b) the district will bill the candidates after the election.
  3. Whether Statements should be limited to 200 or 400 words. The estimated cost of a 400 word Statement is approximately double the estimated cost of a 200 word Statement.

Such decisions may not be revoked or modified after the 7th day prior to the opening of the nomination period. A written statement of the policy with respect to charges for handling, packaging, and mailing shall be provided to each candidate with nomination papers.

Elections Code §13307

July 15 to August 9 (-113 To -88) Candidates/Registrar of Voters

Nomination Period » Candidates who wish to run for office in the Consolidated School and Special District Election shall obtain and file nomination documents during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Forms must be filed in person, by designated representative, or by certified mail (PO Box 11485, Santa Rosa, CA 95406-1485), and received no later than 5:00 PM on the final filing date. Candidates who do not appear in person to file nomination documents bear the responsibility of errors or omissions which could affect their candidacy. Except as noted below, no candidate shall withdraw his/her Declaration of Candidacy after 5:00 PM on the 88th day prior to the election.

Elections Code §§10407(a), 10510, 10603

Extension Period » If an incumbent, eligible to be elected, fails to file the required nomination documents by 5:00 PM on the last day to file, anyone (other than the incumbent) who is otherwise qualified shall have five (5) calendar days to file for that office. This section does not apply if there is no incumbent eligible to be elected. If this section is applicable, notwithstanding Elections Code §10510, a candidate for the affected office may withdraw his/her Declaration of Candidacy until 5:00 PM on the 83rd day before the date of the election.

Elections Code §§10225, 10229, 10407, 10516

July 15 to August 9 (-113 To -88) Local Candidates/Registrar Of Voters

Statement of QualificationsOptional » Any candidate for nonpartisan local office (including an incumbent in a recall election) may submit a Statement of Qualifications to be printed in the Voter Information Guide at the time his or her nomination documents are filed. Candidates who are not required to file nomination documents (i.e. run–off elections), but who wish to file an optional Statement of Qualifications must do so no later than 5:00 PM on the 88thday prior to election. If a jurisdiction requires payment in advance, the candidate must pay the jurisdiction and bring proof of payment at the time of filing. Once filed, the statement may be withdrawn (but not changed) until 5:00 PM the next regular business day following the close of nominations. All statements remain confidential until the close of the nomination (or extended nomination) period. See the campaign guide for costs of statements and guidelines on submitting a Statement of Qualifications.

Elections Code §13307 et seq.

Misrepresentation in Statement » Any candidate in an election (including an incumbent in a recall election) who knowingly makes a false statement of a material fact in a candidate’s statement prepared pursuant to Elections Code §11327 or Elections Code §13307, with the intent to mislead voters, is punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Elections Code §18351

July 15 to August 9 (-113 to -88) Candidates/Committees/Registrar of Voters

Campaign Disclosure Statements » Any candidate who does not anticipate spending or receiving $2,000 or more in a calendar year may file a Form 470 Campaign Statement – Short Form, which does not require detailed information concerning receipts and expenditures.

A candidate who receives contributions or loans of $2,000.00 or more from others must establish a campaign bank account in California and deposit all the contributions or loans into the account before expenditure.

An original and one copy of the Statement of Organization (Form 410) must be sent to the Secretary of State’s Office within 10 days of opening the account.

Before expending $2,000 or more of personal funds in a calendar year, any candidate who has not established a campaign account pursuant to Government Code §85201(g) shall (1) establish a campaign account before the $2,000 expenditure threshold is reached; (2) file an original and one copy of the Statement of Organization (Form 410) with the Secretary of State’s Office and, if applicable, file a copy with the appropriate local filing officer (this form also contains the campaign bank account information); and (3) file the Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement – Short Form 470 Supplement (Form 470 Supplement) with the Secretary of State’s Office, the appropriate local filing officer and each candidate seeking the same office. This notice is required to be filed within 48 hours of receiving or making contributions or expenditures of $2,000 or more.

Please refer to the appropriate Campaign Disclosure Manual for additional information regarding filing obligations for candidates, officeholders and committees supporting or opposing candidates or measures.

Fair Political Practices Commission Regulation §18406
Government Code §§84206, 85201

July 15 to August 9 (-113 To -88) Candidates/Registrar Of Voters

Statement of Economic Interests » Form 700 must be filed not later than the final filing date for the Declaration of Candidacy if it is required by the Conflict of Interest Code for the jurisdiction or by state law. This statement shall not be required if the candidate has filed, within 60 days prior to the filing of his or her Declaration of Candidacy, a statement for the same jurisdiction.

Government Code §§87200 et seq., 87302.3, 87500

July 15 to August 9 (-113 To -88) Candidates/Filing Clerk

Code Of Fair Campaign Practices–Voluntary » At the time declaration of candidacy, nomination papers, or any document evidencing a candidate’s intention to run for a public office are issued, the elections official shall issue a copy of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and the provisions of Elections Code §20440 et seq. The clerk shall inform each candidate for public office that signing the Code of Fair Campaign Practices is voluntary. Forms so filed shall be retained for public viewing until 30 days after the election.

Elections Code §20400 et seq

July 31 (Date Fixed by Law) Candidates/Committees

Semi-Annual Campaign Statement Due » Candidates, committees, and elected officers that have an open committee, shall file semi-annual statements each year no later than July 31stfor the period ending June 30th.

Government Code §84200

August 7 to November 5 (-90 to -0) Candidates/Committees

24-Hour Contribution/Independent Expenditure Reporting Period » Candidates, ballot measure and recipient committees that make or receive a late contribution or loan that totals in the aggregate $1000 or more, must report the late monetary contribution within 24 hours and non-monetary contributions within 48 hours by personal delivery, e-mail, fax, or guaranteed overnight service. (Sonoma County Local Ordinance Section 2-312, requires that any contribution(s) of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more, including contributions aggregated pursuant to Section 2-306, that are made to or received by a county candidate, his or her controlled committee or a committee formed or existing primarily to support or oppose a county candidate, to be reported within twenty-four (24) hours if the contribution(s) were made or received before the date of the election at which the county candidate is to be voted on, but after the closing date of the last campaign statement required to be filed before the election).

Committees that make independent expenditures of $1,000 or more, must report the independent expenditure within 24 hours by personal delivery, e-mail, fax, or guaranteed overnight service (Sonoma County Local Ordinance Section 2-313 requires any person/committee making independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to report this independent expenditure within 24 hours during any election cycle).

Government Code §§82036, 82036.5, 84203, 84203.3, 84204, 85204, 85309, 85500
Ordinance Number 5231 §2, 2000

August 9 (-88) Governing Body/Registrar of Voters

Consolidation Order–Other Than School District Governing Board Elections » Whenever an election called by a district, city or other political subdivision for the submission of any question, proposition or office to be filled, is to be consolidated with a statewide election (or in the case of local elections, when no specific procedure is specified), the jurisdiction calling the election shall, not later than 5:00 PM on this date, file with the Board of Supervisors, and a copy to the Registrar of Voters Office, a resolution of its governing board requesting such consolidation and setting forth the exact form of any question, proposition or office to be voted upon at such election, as it is to appear on the ballot. Measures that exceed 75 words must be abbreviated to 75 words or less to appear on the ballot. The resolution requesting the consolidation shall be adopted and filed at the same time as the ordinance, resolution or order calling the election.

Education Code §5322
Elections Code §§9051(b), 10402, 10403, 13247

August 9 (-88) Governing Body

Tax Rate Statement–Bond Issues » Final date for filing Tax Rate Statement. Tax Rate Statements shall be printed in the County Voter Information Guide for any bond issue proposed by a county, city and county, city, district, or other political subdivision, or by any agency, department or board thereof, the security for which constitutes a lien on the property for ad valorem taxes within the jurisdiction and the proposal for which is required to be submitted to the voters for approval.

Elections Code §§9400, 9401

August 9 (-88)Candidates/Registrar of Voters

File or Withdraw Nomination Documents–Last Day » All nomination documents must be filed no later than 5:00 PM on this date.

  • Final date for filing the following required documents: Declaration of Candidacy; Ballot Designation Worksheet; Statement of Economic Interests (only if required by the jurisdiction’s Conflict of Interest Code or state law).
  • Final date for filing the following optional documents: Code of Fair Campaign Practices; Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications.
  • Recommended date for filing the Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement – Short Form (California Form 470) if the candidate does not intend to raise or spend $1,000 or more in connection with seeking or holding office.

No candidate whose Declaration of Candidacy has been filed for any general election may withdraw as a candidate at that general election.

Elections Code §§8801, 10220, 10224, 10407, 10510, G.C. §87201

August 9 (-88) Proponent/Opponent/Registrar of Voters

Notice to Submit Arguments » Based on the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print arguments, analyses and Voter Information Guides, and to permit the 10-day public examination period, the elections official shall fix and determine a reasonable date prior to the election after which no arguments for or against any measure may be submitted for printing and distribution to the voters.

Notice of the date by which arguments must be submitted shall be published by the elections official pursuant to Government Code §6061 (one time). Arguments may be changed until and including the date fixed by the elections official. Arguments submitted must be accompanied by a Statement of Accuracy and signed by each proponent and author, if different. Forms are available from the elections official.

Elections Code §§9163, 9286, 9316, 9502, 9600
Government Code §6061

August 9 (-88) County Auditor

Request For Fiscal Analysis » Whenever any county measure qualifies for the ballot, the Registrar of Voters Office shall transmit a copy of the measure to the County Auditor. The Board of Supervisors may direct the County Auditor to prepare a Fiscal Impact Statement estimating any increase or decrease in revenues or cost to the county if the measure is adopted. The Fiscal Impact Statement shall not exceed 500 words and must be forwarded to the Registrar of Voters Office by the 78th day before the date of the election.

Elections Code §9160

August 9 (-88) County Counsel/Registrar of Voters

Request For Impartial Analysis–County, School Or Special District Measure » Upon the measure’s qualification for the ballot, the Registrar of Voters Office shall transmit a copy of the measure text of each county, school or special district measure to the County Counsel, who shall prepare an Impartial Analysis of the measure. The analysis is due by the 78th day before the date of the election.

Request for Impartial Analysis–Municipal Measure » Upon the measure’s qualification for the ballot, the Council may direct the city elections official to transmit a copy of the measure to the City Attorney. The City Attorney shall prepare an Impartial Analysis of the measure showing the effect of the measure on existing law. The analysis shall not exceed 500 words in length and must be forwarded to the Registrar of Voters Office by the 78thday before the date of the election.

Elections Code §§9160, 9280, 9313, 9500

August 9 (-88) Registrar of Voters

Mailed Ballot Precincts » Whenever, on the 88th day before the election, there are 250 or fewer persons registered to vote in any precinct, the Registrar of Voters Office may designate such precinct as a mailed ballot precinct. Each voter shall be furnished with an official ballot, as soon as ballots are made available, along with a statement that there will be no polling place for the election. The voter shall not be required to file an application for the ballot.

Elections Code §3005

August 10* (-87) Registrar of Voters

Measure Assignment » On this day the Registrar of Voters Office will assign a letter designation to each local measure that will appear on the ballot.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §13116

Aug 10* To Aug 14 (-87 To -83) Candidates/Registrar of Voters

Extended Nomination Period » If an incumbent, eligible to be elected, fails to file the required nomination documents by 5:00 PM on the last day to file (88 days before the election), anyone (other than the incumbent) who is otherwise qualified shall have five (5) calendar days (until 5:00 PM on the 83rd day before the election) to file for that office. This section does not apply when there is no incumbent eligible to be elected.

If this section is applicable, notwithstanding Elections Code §10510, a candidate for the affected office may withdraw his or her nomination documents until 5:00 PM on the 83rd day before the date of the election.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §§8022, 8204, 10225, 10407, 10516

August 10* to August 19 (-87 To -78) Public/Registrar Of Voters

Public Examination of Materials Required to be Filed by the 88th Day–Tax Rate Statements, Statements Of Qualifications, Full Text, Etc. » Not less than 10 days before the Registrar of Voters Office submits any election materials for printing, the Registrar shall make a copy of such materials available for public examination in the Registrar of Voters Office. A fee may be charged to anyone who wishes to obtain a copy of the materials.

During the 10-calendar-day review period provided by this section, any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the Registrar of Voters Office, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all such materials to be amended or deleted.

A peremptory writ of mandate or an injunction shall be issued only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements of Chapters 2-6 of Division 9 or Chapter 3 of Division 6 of the Elections Code, and that issuance of the writ or injunction will not substantially interfere with the printing or distribution of official election materials as provided by law.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509, 13313

August 10* (-87)Candidates/Registrar of Voters

Statement of Qualifications–Withdrawal–Local Nonpartisan Office » Last day for any candidate, who so desires, to withdraw his or her Statement of Qualifications (unless there is an extension of the nomination period). Statements may be withdrawn (but not changed) during the period for filing nomination papers and until 5:00 PM on the next regular business day following the close of the nomination (or extended nomination) period for the office.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §13307

August 14 (-83)Governing Body

Amendment or Withdrawal Of Ballot Measures–Last Day » Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever a legislative body has ordered that a measure or proposal be submitted to the voters of any jurisdiction at a special election, the order of election shall not be amended or withdrawn after the 83rdday prior to the election.

The order of election shall be amended or withdrawn upon the filing of a resolution by the legislative body stating the specifics concerning the amendment or withdrawal. The resolution shall be filed with the elections official not later than the 83rd day prior to the election.

Elections Code §9605

August 14 (-83)Governing Body/Registrar of Voters

Appointment of Nominees–Special Districts Only » If by 5:00 PM on the 83rdday before the election, the number of nominees is less than or equal to the number of offices to be filled (and a petition signed by 10% of the registered voters or 50 voters, whichever is less, has not been presented to the Registrar of Voters Office), no election will be held, and the Registrar of Voters Office shall request the Board of Supervisors to appoint the nominated person(s) to the office(s). If there are no nominees, the Board shall appoint to the office(s) any person(s) who qualified on the date when the election would have been held. All persons so appointed will be seated at the organizational meeting and serve exactly as if elected for the remainder of the term.

The appointments shall be made by the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting held prior to the Monday before the first Friday in December. The person(s) appointed shall qualify, take office and serve exactly as if elected at a general district election for such office. Elective officers, elected or appointed pursuant to this part, shall take office at noon on the first Friday in December next following the election.

Elections Code §§10515, 10554

August 14 (-83)Governing Body/Registrar of Voters

Notice of Appointment–School Districts Only » If, by 5:00 PM on the 83rdday before the date of the election, only one person or no one has been nominated for any elective office to be filled (and if a petition signed by 10% of the registered voters or 50 voters, whichever is less, has not been filed with the Registrar of Voters Office), the nominated person(s) shall be seated at the organizational meeting of the board. These provisions also apply to members of the County Board of Education.

Education Code §§5326, 5328

If there are no nominees, prior to making an appointment to that office pursuant to Education Code §5328, the governing board shall publish a notice once in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, or if no such newspaper is published in the district, in a newspaper having general circulation in the district, stating that the board intends to make an appointment and informing persons of the procedure available for applying for the office. The governing board shall appoint any qualified person(s) at a meeting held prior to the day fixed for the election, and such appointee(s) shall be seated at the organizational meeting of the board and serve exactly as if elected to the office.

Education Code §§5328, 5328.5

August 15 to August 24* (-82 To -73)Public/Registrar of Voters

Public Examination Of Materials Required to be Filed by the 83rd Day–Candidates’ Statements Extension » Not less than 10 days before the Registrar of Voters Office submits any election materials for printing, the Registrar shall make a copy of such materials available for public examination in the Registrar of Voters Office. A fee may be charged to anyone who wishes to obtain a copy of the materials.

During the 10-calendar-day review period provided by this section, any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the Registrar of Voters Office, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all such materials to be amended or deleted. A peremptory writ of mandate or an injunction shall be issued only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements of Chapter 3 of Division 13 of the Elections Code and that issuance of the writ or injunction will not substantially interfere with the printing or distribution of official election materials as provided by law.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509, 13313

August 15 (-82)Candidates/Registrar of Voters

Statement of Qualifications–Withdrawal Extension–Local Nonpartisan Offices » If there has been an extension of the nomination period for a local nonpartisan office, this is the last day for any candidate for that office, who so desires, to withdraw his or her Statement of Qualifications. Statements may be withdrawn, but not changed, during the period for filing nomination papers and until 5:00 PM on the next regular business day after the close of the extended nomination period.

Elections Code §13307

August 15 (-82) Secretary of State/Registrar of Voters

Randomized Alphabet » The Secretary of State shall conduct a drawing of the alphabet to determine the order of the names of the candidates to appear on the ballot. The resulting random order of letters constitutes the alphabet for all offices other than multi-county state legislative offices. In addition, and only if applicable, the candidates’ names will be rotated pursuant to Elections Code §13111.

For candidates for multi-county state legislative offices, the Registrar of Voters Office in each affected county shall conduct a randomized alphabet drawing. The result of each county’s drawing shall be used only to determine the order of the names of candidates for multi-county legislative offices within such county.

Elections Code §13112

August 19 (-78) Proponents/Opponents

Arguments for or Against Measure–County or District Measure » Final filing date for arguments for or against any measure to appear on the ballot. Arguments must be filed in the Registrar of Voters Office not later than 5:00 PM on this date.

Arguments for Or Against Measure–Municipal Measure » Suggested last day for arguments for or against any municipal measure to appear on the ballot. Actual date set by City Clerk. Check with City Clerk for information regarding city measures.

General Information » Arguments shall not exceed 300 words and must be accompanied by a Statement of Accuracy and signed by the author(s). Forms are available from the Registrar of Voters Office (or for municipal measures, from the office of the appropriate City Clerk). Each argument shall be titled either “Argument in Favor of Measure …” or “Argument Against Measure …” (letter designation to be filled in after assignment).

Elections Code §§9162, 9163, 9282, 9286, 9315, 9316, 9501, 9502, 9600

August 19 (-78)County Counsel/City Attorney

Impartial Analysis–County School or Special District Measure » In order to provide for the 10-calendar-day review period, this is the last day for County Counsel to transmit to the Registrar of Voters Office an Impartial Analysis of each county, school or special district measure, showing the effect on existing law and the operation of the measure. The analysis shall be printed in the Voter Information Guide, along with the County Auditor’s Fiscal Analysis if requested and arguments for and/or against the measure if submitted. The Impartial Analysis shall not exceed 500 words.

Elections Code §§9160, 9313, 9500

Impartial Analysis–Municipal Measure » In order to provide for the 10-calendar-day review period, this is the suggested last day for the City Attorney to transmit to the City Clerk’s Office an Impartial Analysis of each city measure, showing the effect on existing law and the operation of the measure, and the last day for the City Clerk to transmit same to the Registrar of Voters Office.

The analysis shall be printed in the Voter Information Guide along with the arguments for and/or against the measure if submitted. The Impartial Analysis shall not exceed 500 words.

Elections Code §9280

August 19 (-78)County Auditor

Fiscal Analysis–County Measure » In order to provide for the 10-calendar-day review period, this is the last day for the County Auditor, if so directed by the Board of Supervisors, to transmit to the Registrar of Voters Office a Fiscal Analysis (Fiscal Impact Statement) of each county measure, estimating any increase or decrease in revenues or cost to the county if the measure is adopted. The Fiscal Impact Statement (if any) shall be printed in the Voter Information Guide along with County Counsel’s Impartial Analysis, preceding the arguments for and/or against the measure, if submitted. The Fiscal Impact Statement shall not exceed 500 words.

Elections Code §9160

August 20 to August 29 (-77 To -68)Registrar of Voters

Public Examination of Materials Required to be Filed by the 78th Day–Direct Arguments, Impartial And/or Fiscal Analyses » Not less than 10 days before the Registrar of Voters Office submits any election materials for printing, the Registrar shall make a copy of such materials available for public examination in the Registrar of Voters Office. A fee may be charged to anyone who wishes to obtain a copy of the materials.

During the 10-calendar-day review period provided by this section, any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the Registrar of Voters Office, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all such materials to be amended or deleted. A peremptory writ of mandate or an injunction shall be issued only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements of Chapter 2-6 of Division 9 of the Elections Code and that issuance of the writ or injunction will not substantially interfere with the printing or distribution of official election materials as provided by law.

Elections Code §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509

August 29 (-68)Secretary of State/Registrar of Voters

Death Of a Candidate » Whenever a candidate has filed a declaration of candidacy the name of the candidate shall be printed upon the ballot unless the candidate has died and that fact has been ascertained by the Registrar of Voters Office at least 68 days before the election.

Education Code §5329
Elections Code §§8803, 8810

August 29 (-68)Proponents/Opponents

Rebuttal Arguments–County or District Measure » If both an argument in favor of and an argument against any measure have been filed, the Registrar of Voters Office shall send copies of each argument to the opposing author(s). The opposing author(s) may, if desired, file rebuttal arguments no later than 10 days after the final date for filing direct arguments.

Rebuttal Arguments–Municipal Measure » If both an argument in favor of and an argument against any measure have been filed, the City Clerk shall send copies of each argument to the opposing author(s). The date for filing rebuttal arguments is predicated on the date set by the City Clerk for the filing of direct arguments. The opposing author(s) may, if desired, file rebuttal arguments no later than 10 days after the final date for filing direct arguments.

The provisions for rebuttal arguments shall apply to municipal elections only if, not later than the day the election is called, the city council by majority vote, so provides. Once such action is taken, it is effective for all future elections until rescinded.

General Information » Rebuttal arguments shall not exceed 250 words and must be accompanied by a Statement of Accuracy and signed by the author(s). Forms are available from the Registrar of Voters Office (or for municipal measures, from the office of the appropriate City Clerk). Each argument shall be titled either “Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure …” or “Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure …” (letter designation to be filled in after assignment).

Elections Code §§9167, 9285, 9317, 9504, 9600

August 30 to September 8 (-67 To -58)Registrar of Voters

Public Examination of Materials Required to be Filed by the 68th Day–Rebuttal Arguments » Not less than 10 days before the Registrar of Voters Office submits any election materials for printing, the Registrar shall make a copy of such materials available for public examination in the Registrar of Voters Office. A fee may be charged to anyone who wishes to obtain a copy of the materials.

During the 10-calendar-day review period provided by this section, any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the Registrar of Voters Office, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all such materials to be amended or deleted. A peremptory writ of mandate or an injunction shall be issued only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements of Chapter 2-6 of Division 9 of the Elections Code and that issuance of the writ or injunction will not substantially interfere with the printing or distribution of official election materials as provided by law.

Elections Code §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509

September 9 to October 22 (-57 to -14)Write-in Candidate

Statement of Write-in Candidacy » Each write-in candidate who desires to have his or her votes counted for a particular office must file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy along with the requisite number of signatures, if any, for such office. Nomination documents for write-in candidacy may be obtained from and delivered to the Registrar of Voters Office (or to the City Clerk, for municipal offices) between the 57th day and 14th day prior to the date of the election. NOTE: There are no write-in candidates for any voter nominated office in the general election.

Elections Code §§8601, 8606

September 26 to October 15 (-40 to -21)Registrar of Voters

Mail County Voter Information Guide » Between these dates the Registrar of Voters Office shall mail Voter Information Guides to all voters who registered to vote prior to the 29th day before the election, unless the voter has opted to receive them electronically. The location of the polling place and its accessibility to persons with disabilities shall be indicated thereon. Voters who registered to vote after the 29th day before the election will receive notice of the polling place, where they can obtain a County Voter Information Guide and the County Internet Web site where a County Voter Information guide may be viewed.

Elections Code §§13300.7, 13303-13306

September 26 (Date fixed by law)Candidates/Committees

1 stPre-Election Campaign Statement » Ballot measure committees, recipient committees and candidates who will appear on the ballot, must file (by personal delivery or first class mail) a pre-election campaign statement covering the report period of July 1, 2019, (or from date of last report) through September 21, 2019, by September 26, 2019. Candidates who expect to receive or spend less than $2,000 during the calendar year may file Form 470 with their nomination documents (excludes Central Committee Members). See FPPC Campaign Filing Schedule http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

October 7 (-29)Registrar of Voters

Vote by Mail Ballots Available » Any qualified voter may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot. Ballots must be obtained from and returned to the Registrar of Voters Office either in person, via an authorized agent, or by mail. Hand delivered voted ballots must be returned in person, by mail, or by an authorized agent to the Registrar of Voters Office no later than 8:00 PM on Election Day. Ballots can also be delivered in person or by an authorized agent to the polls on Election Day. The law permits a vote by mail voter who is unable to return the ballot, to designate any person to return the ballot, within three days, to the elections official who issued the ballot; to the precinct board at a polling place or to a vote center or vote by mail ballot drop-off location within the state. Ballots applied for within the last seven days prior to the election may have no restrictions as to who may be an authorized agent.

Vote-by-mail ballots are considered timely cast if they are received by the elections official by the 3rd day following Election Day and either the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day, or is time/date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day. If the ballot has no postmark or the postmark is illegible, the return ballot envelope must be signed and dated by the voter on or before Election Day.

Elections Code §§3001, 3003, 3017, 3020, 3021

October 7 (-29)Registrar of Voters

Mailed Ballot Precincts » The Registrar of Voters Office shall mail official ballots to voters residing in mailed ballot precincts beginning this date, along with a notice indicating there will be no polling place for this election. NOTE: Hand delivered voted ballots must be received not later than 8:00 PM on Election Day at any polling place or at the Registrar of Voters Office. Any vote by mail ballot shall be timely cast if it is received by the Registrar of Voters Office via the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company no later than three days after election day and either of the following is satisfied: (1) The ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day or is time/date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day (2) If the ballot has no postmark or the postmark is illegible, the ballot must be signed and dated pursuant to Section 3011 on or before Election Day.

Elections Code §3005, 3017, 3020

October 7 (-29)Registrar of Voters

Precincts, Polling Places & Election Officers » Last date for the Registrar of Voters Office to establish all polling places and appoint precinct officers for this election. Immediately following appointments, the Registrar of Voters Office shall mail the appointment notices to the precinct officers. This does not apply to elections conducted using vote centers.

Elections Code §12286

October 15 (-21)Registrar of Voters

Mailing Deadline – County Voter Information Guide » On or before this date, the county elections official shall mail County Voter Information Guides to voters who registered at least 29 days before the election.

Elections Code §§13300.7, 13303, 13304, 13305 13306

October 21 (-15)Date Fixed By Law

Close of Registration » Last day for any qualified elector to register or re-register to vote in the upcoming election. A person who has moved, changed his or her name or who wishes to change political party affiliation must re-register by this date.

An individual may “conditionally” register and vote after the 15-day voter registration deadline. In order to conditionally register, the individual must complete an affidavit of registration and a conditional ballot at the permanent office of the county elections official. Once the county elections official determines the individual’s eligibility to register and vote the registration becomes permanent and the conditional ballot will be counted.

52 United States Code §§20301, 20501
Elections Code §§300(b), 321, 2102, 2115, 2116, 2152, 2170, 3102

October 22 (-14)Write-In Candidates

Write-In Candidacy » Last Day to file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy and the requisite number of signatures, if any, with the Registrar of Voters Office. Anyone who desires to be a write-in candidate and to have his or her votes counted for a particular office must file the required documents with the Registrar of Voters Office not later than 5:00 PM on this date. No filing fee is required to run as a write-in candidate. No votes will be counted for an unqualified write-in candidate in any election. Note: There are no write-in candidates for any voter nominated office in the general election.

Elections Code §8600 et seq., 8606

October 22 (-10 business days)Registrar of Voters

Process Vote by Mail Ballots » First day the Registrar of Voters Office may begin to process (open, prepare and machine read) Vote by Mail ballots, including write-in votes so that they can be tallied by the machine, for the upcoming election. No results may be released until after the polls are closed on Election Day.

Elections Code §15101

October 24 (Date fixed by law)Candidates/Committees

2nd Pre-Election Campaign Statement » Candidates, ballot measure and recipient committees must file (by personal delivery or guaranteed overnight service) a pre-election campaign statement covering the report period of September 22, 2019, (or from date of last report) through October 19, 2019, by October 24, 2019.

Government Code §84200.5

October 26* (-10)Registrar of Voters

Notice of Central Counting Place » The Registrar of Voters Office shall publish, at least 10 days before the election, in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction, a notice specifying the public place to be used to tally votes when ballots are to be counted in a central counting place.

*For dates that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, use the next regular business day for transactions.

Elections Code §12109

October 29 (-7)Voters/Registrar of Voters

Vote by Mail Ballots » Last day for the Registrar of Voters Office to receive and process Vote by Mail ballot applications by mail for the upcoming election. This includes military or overseas voters. After this date, any voter may apply in person to obtain a Vote by Mail ballot if he or she will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day. Voters unable to request a ballot in person may designate in writing any person as an authorized agent to obtain and return the Vote by Mail ballot on their behalf.

Elections Code §§3001, 3003, 3021, 3102

October 29 (-7)Registrar of Voters

Publish Polling Places » Not later than this date the Registrar of Voters Office shall publish a notice containing the list of polling places designated for each election precinct.

Elections Code §12105

October 29 (-7)Registrar of Voters

Post Precinct Officer and Polling Places » Not later than this date the Registrar of Voters Office shall post, at the elections office and on the official website, a list of all current polling places in each precinct and a list of precinct board members and political party affiliation appointed by the 15th day before the election. This does not apply to elections conducted using vote centers.

Elections Code §§12105.5, 12108

October 30 to November 5 (-6 to -0)Voters/Registrar of Voters

Request for Vote by Mail Ballots – Late Conditions » Period in which any voter may apply in writing for a vote-by-mail ballot if, because of specific conditions, he or she will be unable to go to the polls for an election. A written statement is not necessary if the vote-by-mail ballot is voted in the office of the elections official at the time of the request. The voter may designate any authorized representative to receive the ballot, with a written request, and return the voted vote-by-mail ballot.

Elections Code §3021

November 4 (-1)Governing Body

Appoint Governing Board Members–Insufficient or No NomineesSchool/Community College District/Board of Education » If no person has been nominated for a school or community college district or a board of education office, the governing board shall appoint any qualified person(s) at a meeting prior to the day fixed for the election, and such appointee(s) shall be seated at the organizational meeting of the board and serve as if elected for the office.

Education Code §5328

November 5 (-00)Voters/Registrar of Voters

Election Day » Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Election Day. Vote by Mail ballots may be returned in person or by authorized agent not later than 8:00 PM either to the Registrar of Voters Office or to any polling place. The law permits a vote by mail voter who is unable to return the ballot to designate any person to return the ballot to the elections official who issued the ballot, to the precinct board at a polling place or vote center within the state, or to a vote by mail ballot drop-off location within the state

Elections Code §§3017, 3020, 3021, 10541, 14212

November 7 (+02)Registrar of Voters

Official Canvass » Last day the Registrar of Voters Office may begin the Official Canvass of the votes cast. During the Official Canvass of every election in which a voting system is used, the Registrar of Voters Office shall conduct a public manual tally of ballots cast in 1% of the precincts chosen at random by the elections official. In addition to the 1% count, the Registrar of Voters Office shall tally one additional precinct for each contest not included in the initial group of precincts

Elections Code §§362, 15301, 15360

November 8 (+03)Registrar of Voters

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Delivered By Mail After Election Day » Vote by mail ballots that are returned through a US Post Office (or other private mailing company) will be accepted if the ballot is postmarked before or on Election Day and received by the 3rd day following the election. If, for some reason, the postmark is illegible, the voter must have signed and dated the blue envelope before or on Election Day.

Elections Code §3020(b)

November 25 (+20)Registrar of Voters

Completion of Canvass » The elections official shall prepare a certified statement of the results of the election and submit it to the governing body within 30 days of the election or, in the case of school district, community college district, county board of education or special district elections conducted on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years, no later than the last Monday before the last Friday of that month.

Elections Code §15372

Declare Candidates Elected » Upon receipt of the Certification of Results from the Registrar of Voters Office, the governing body shall meet to adopt the certification. For all county and local offices, the Registrar of Voters Office shall prepare and deliver to each person elected a Certificate of Election.

Elections Code §§15400, 15401

December 2 (+27)District Governing Body

Appoint Directors–Insufficient or No NomineesSpecial Districts » Not later than the Monday prior to the first Friday in December, if there are one or more seats with no qualified candidates, the Board of Supervisors shall fill such seats by appointing any person who is qualified on the date the election would have been held. All persons so appointed shall be seated at the organizational meeting and serve exactly as if elected to the office.

Elections Code §10515

December 3 (+28)Registrar of Voters

Post Precinct Officers and Polling Places » Not later than this date the Registrar of Voters Office shall post, at the elections office and on the official website, an updated list of the precinct board members and political party affiliation who actually served on Election Day. This list shall remain posted for 30 days after the completion of the canvass. This does not apply to elections conducted using vote centers.

Elections Code §§12105.5, 12108

January 31 (Date fixed by law)Candidates/Committees

Semi-Annual Campaign Statement Due » Candidates, committees, and elected officers that have an open committee, shall file semi-annual statements each year no later than January 31stfor the period ending December 31st.

Government Code §84200

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