Candidates running for public office must satisfy many requirements set forth in law and regulation. Over the years, certain aspects of the nomination process have been identified as areas where prospective candidates seem to encounter problems. In order to assist candidates in avoiding these "pitfalls" the following questions and answers have been prepared.

Is your office open during the lunch hour?

Yes. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, and we do remain open between the hours of noon to 1 p.m. On election day we are open from 6:00 a.m. until the last ballot is counted.

What if I change my mind about being a candidate after filing a Declaration of Candidacy?

Candidates may withdraw their Declaration of Candidacy prior to the final date for filing. According to Elections Code 10510, "No candidate shall withdraw his or her declaration of candidacy after 5 p.m. on the 88th day prior to the general election."

May a second party pick up my Declaration of Candidacy for me?

All forms must be either picked up in person by the candidate or a letter of specific authorization, signed by the candidate, must be presented by the candidate's representative.

May a second party file my Declaration of Candidacy or mail them to you?

Election law does not specifically prohibit another person filing a Declaration of Candidacy for a candidate. However, candidates are urged to file in person. The reasons are twofold:

The oath or affirmation must be administered by a member of the Elections Department or a notary. It is easier for a candidate to file the Declaration of Candidacy in person and have the oath administered at the time the candidate files; and

The signature of the candidate, as well as other data, is required on the Declaration of Candidacy. If through an oversight the candidate's papers are incomplete, the problem can be easily rectified when a candidate files in person.

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