Candidate's Handbook

Consolidated

PRESIDENTIAL

GENERAL ELECTION

NOVEMBER 7, 2000

 

Prepared by:

Santa Cruz County Elections Department

701 Ocean St., Room 210

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831-454-2060 / FAX: 831-454-2445

WEB Page: www.votescount.com

E-Mail: gail.pellerin@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

April 2000

 

        

Dear Candidate,

Welcome to November 7, 2000 general election cycle. Regardless of who wins, it is hoped that this is a positive experience for you.

The Elections Department is dedicated to helping all qualified candidates get their names printed on the ballot and to ensuring that the election is fair and accurate.

For the uninitiated, the process can be confusing, with resulting errors and misunderstandings. Although this handbook is a guide for candidates, it is for general information only and does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule. In case of conflict, the law, regulation, or rule will apply. Candidates and others using this handbook must bear full responsibility to make their own determinations as to all legal standards and duties.

The best advice I can give to all candidates is FILE EARLY. The filing deadlines are rigid and if one waits until the last moment to file a document containing errors or omissions, one's right to appear on the ballot may be lost. Most errors can be corrected given adequate time.

We hope you find this Candidate's Handbook useful. Should you have any suggestions for improving the manual or have identified corrections to be made, please call Elections Manager Gail Pellerin at 831-454-2419 or e-mail her at gail.pellerin@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Good luck!

Sincerely,

                Richard W. Bedal

            County Clerk

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICES

CANDIDATE CHECKLIST

CANDIDATE FILING DOCUMENTS

  • Declaration of Candidacy
  • Candidate's Statement of Qualifications
  • Candidate Intention, Bank Account, & Campaign Disclosure Forms
  • Code of Fair Campaign Practices
  • Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)

GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR

  • Candidate Nomination Period
  • Extension of Nomination Period
  • Insufficient Number of Nominees
  • Randomized Alphabet Drawing
  • Counties Mail Sample Ballots / State Ballot Pamphlet Mailing
  • Last Day to Register to Vote in the November Election
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Period
  • Absentee Ballots – Late Conditions
  • Weekend Voting
  • General Election Day
  • Declaration of Elected Candidates
  • Board of Supervisors to Appoint Candidates In-Lieu of Election
  • Assuming Office
  • Statement of Vote to Board of Supervisors – Certificates of Election Prepared
  • Recount May Be Requested
  • Contesting Election
  • Statement of Economic Interests – All newly elected officials
  • County Supervisors & Judges Assume Office

OFFICES ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

Residence and Domicile

NAME & BALLOT DESIGNATION

  • Name on Ballot
  • Ballot Designation - Legislative Requirements
  • Titles or Degrees Prohibited
  • Unacceptable Designations
  • If Ballot Designation is Rejected
  • Ballot Designation May Not be Changed After Filing
  • Ballot Designation in Both Primary and General Elections
  • Format of Ballot Designation
  • No Ballot Designation

SECRETARY OF STATE Ballot Designation Regulations

WRITE-IN CANDIDACY

  • Write-In Procedure
  • Offices Omitted From the Ballot

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

  • Signature & Filing Fee Requirements

CANDIDATE STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • PERIOD FOR FILING:
  • WHERE:
  • HOW TO WRITE YOUR CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT

THE PRINTED CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT

 

COST OF PRINTING CANDIDATE'S STATEMENTS

HOW TO COUNT WORDS

REGISTRATION AND ELECTION DATA

  • Permissible Usage
  • Prohibited Usage

Election Data For Sale From Santa Cruz County

  • Walking Lists
  • Printed Voter Indexes by Street or Alpha
  • Voter Lists on 3 " Floppy Disk
  • Voter Lists on CD
  • Voter File Tapes
  • Mailing Labels of Voters or Households
  • Maps
  • Daily Absentee Voter Printout
  • Photocopying
  • Secretary of State Voter File Tapes

Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail Drives

CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

  • MASS MAILING
  • SLATE MAILERS
  • NOMINATIONS
  • CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES
  • MISREPRESENTATION BY CANDIDATES
  • POLITICAL ADVERTISING
  • SIMULATED BALLOTS
  • POLITICAL SIGNS
  • POLLING PLACE INFORMATION

 

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

  • Campaign Disclosure Information Manuals
  • Candidate Intention and Bank Account (501 & 502)

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE FORMS

  • Campaign Disclosures for Federal Candidates
  • Filing is the Responsibility of the Candidate and/or Committee
  • Multiple Committee Filing Requirements

CAMPAIGN FILING SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 7, 2000

CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROHIBITIONS

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS OFTEN OVERLOOKED

STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS (FORM 700)

  • Who Must File
  • What Must be Disclosed
  • When and Where to File

ELECTIONEERING ON ELECTION DAY

ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS

THE CANVASS

QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED BY CANDIDATES

 

 

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