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June 7, 2022, Election

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Campaign Guide

    Office Qualifications and Requirements

      Voter-Nominated Offices

There are two basic types of offices up for election in California in the June 7, 2022, Statewide Direct Primary Election:

  • Voter-Nominated Offices: For these offices, candidates list their political party (or lack thereof) on the ballot. However, voters can vote for any candidate they choose, regardless of their party or the candidate's party. The top two vote-getters in the primary election move on to the general election. Most federal and state offices are voter-nominated (with a few exceptions, such as U.S. President and State Superintendent of Public Instruction).
  • Nonpartisan Offices: For these offices, candidates cannot list their political party affiliation on the ballot. Also, unlike voter-nominated offices, if a candidate wins 50% or more of the vote in the primary, they are declared the winner and do not have to run again in the general election. Most county and local offices are nonpartisan. Only one federal/state office is nonpartisan: State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

For more information about voter-nominated offices, please visit the Voter-Nominated Offices page on the Secretary of State's website.

The Secretary of State has released PDF packets detailing the qualifications and requirements for all voter-nominated offices on the ballot next June on their Qualifications for Running for Office in 2022 page. Below is a list of links to these packets: