NOVEMBER 7, 2000

GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR

Calendar Notes: All Code Sections are Elections Code unless otherwise noted. Below the dates, "E" stands for Election, followed by the number of days prior to (-) or after (+) the election.

 

April 28 – July 27

(E-193 to E-103)

Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fees – Independent Candidates Running for U.S. Senate and Congress

During this period, a candidate for U.S. Senate and Congress may obtain his or her forms from the county elections official or the Secretary of State for circulating petitions to secure signatures in lieu of all or part of their filing fee.

8061, 8106

June 12 – Aug. 11

(E-148 to E-88)

Nomination Papers — Independent Candidates

Between these dates, independent candidates for partisan office shall circulate their Nomination petitions to obtain signatures and submit them to the Elections Department for examination. If the district falls within two or more counties, the Elections Department shall report within two working days to the Secretary of State the total number of signatures submitted.

8106

Independent candidates must pay the nonrefundable filing fee or present a sufficient number of valid in-lieu signatures at the time they receive their Nomination Paper from the county Elections Department.

Independent candidates for legislative offices must have filed Declarations of Intention and satisfied their filing fee (with signatures or money, or a combination) during the pre-primary filing period or they may not file Nomination Papers. Supplemental signatures-in-lieu or the balance due on the filing fee must be paid before Nomination Papers can be filed.

8350, 8403, 8454

The Elections Department shall forward the nomination papers to the Secretary of State between July 6 – Sept. 4.

June 12 – Aug. 11

(E-148 to E-88)

Statement of Economic Interests

Between these dates, specified non incumbent candidates in an election shall file Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) disclosing their investments, interests in real property, and any income received during the preceding 12 months. Such statement shall not be required if the candidate has filed such a statement within the past 60 days for the same jurisdiction.

Gov. Code 87200, 87201, 87500

July 3 - July 17

(E-127 to E-113)

Cities Publish Election Notice

Between these dates, cities will publish a Notice of Election one time in a newspaper of general circulation stating:

  • the date and polling hours of the election
  • the offices to be filled and any measure to be voted on, including a synopsis of each measure.

12101, 12111

July 5

(E-125)

Special Districts & Cities Deliver Notice of Election to County Clerk

Last day for district secretaries and City Clerks to deliver a Notice of Election to the Elections Department listing the elective offices to be filled and any measure to be voted on in November. A map of the district or city must accompany the Notice.

10509, 10522, 10524

July 7

(E-123)

Schools to Deliver Specifications of the Election Order

Last day for a school board to deliver a resolution known as the "Specifications of the Election Order" and file it with the county Superintendent of Schools and county elections official, stating the date and purpose of the election.

Ed. Code 5322

July 10

(E-120)

Tie Vote Procedures

A suggested date by which schools, cities, and special districts determine how a tie vote will be resolved.

Ed. Code 5016; 15651, 10551

July 10 - Aug. 9

(E-120 to E-90)

Notice of Election

Between these dates the County Clerk will publish a Notice of Election containing the date of the election, the offices to be filled, qualifications for candidacy required by the principal act, where nomination papers are available, deadline for filing Declarations of Candidacy, and a notice that appointment will be made in lieu of election in accordance with state law.

12112, 10515; Ed. Code 5326, 5328, 5328.5

The County Clerk is responsible for publishing information pertaining only to special districts; however, if authorized to do so by City Clerks and the Superintendent of Schools, the county may publish on behalf of all jurisdictions holding elections in November.

Notice of central counting place may be combined with this notice.

12109

The county elections official will forward copies of all published notices to each school and special district.

12113

 

July 17 - Aug. 11

(E-113 to E-88)

Candidate Nomination Period

Candidates for school and special district boards obtain and file their Declarations of Candidacy along with their Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications if they choose to submit one. Forms are obtained from and filed with the county Elections Department.

10510, 13307, 13311

Candidates for city office must be nominated by not less than 20 nor more than 30 voters in cities with 1,000 or more registered voters. The nomination papers shall be accompanied by an affidavit of the nominee that he or she will accept the office if elected. Nomination documents shall be obtained from and filed with the City Clerk.

10220-10224, 10227; Gov. Code 36503.7

Aug. 31

(E-100)

Increase in Governing Board Members C Elementary Schools

Deadline for an elementary school district with a three-member board to ask the county Superintendent of Schools to submit to the voters a question whether to raise the membership to five board members. Elementary school boards have the option of deciding on their own to increase the board to five members or asking the county Superintendent to submit the question to the voters.

Ed. Code 5018

Aug. 1

(E-98)

Change of Candidate’s Ballot Designation

Last day for candidates to request in writing to both the Secretary of State and Elections Department that a different ballot designation be used for the November election than the designation used at the March primary election.

13107

July 31

(E-99)

Semiannual Campaign Statement

Last day to file semiannual campaign statements, if required, by all candidates and committees.

Gov. Code 84200, 84218

July 31

(E-99)

Supplemental Independent Expenditure Reports

Candidates or committees making independent expenditures of $500 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate or measure shall file independent expenditure reports as if it were formed or existing primarily to support or oppose the candidate or measure.

Gov. Code 84203.5

1Since the actual deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline date is moved to the next business day.

Aug. 71

(E-93)

Signatures-In-Lieu Sufficiency – Independent Candidates

Last day for the county elections official to determine the sufficiency of the in-lieu signatures submitted by independent candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress. Within 10 days after receipt of the petition, the county elections official shall notify the candidate of any deficiency. Such candidates shall before the close of nominations on August 11 either submit a supplemental petition or pay a prorated fee to cover the deficiency.

8106(b)(3)

Aug. 11

(E-88)

Notification of Mail Ballot Precinct

Last day for the county elections official to determine that there are 250 or fewer persons registered to vote in any precinct. The county elections official may then mail to each voter a vote-by-mail ballot along with a statement that there will be no polling place for the general election.

3005

Aug. 11

(E-88)

Last day for Candidates to File to Run for Office

Deadline for candidates for school board or special district boards to obtain and file their Declaration of Candidacy. Forms are obtained from and filed with the county Elections Department.

If the candidate wants to file a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications, it must be filed and paid for at the same time that the Declaration of Candidacy is being filed. The two documents may not be filed independent of one another.

This is also the last day for County Supervisor and District Attorney nominees to file and pay for a Candidate’s Statement to appear in the November Voter’s Information Pamphlet.

10510, 13307, 13311

Deadline for candidates for city office to submit nomination papers and their Declaration of Candidacy. Nomination documents are obtained from and filed with the City Clerk.

10220-10224, 10227; Gov. Code 36503.7

Any candidate who has filed a Declaration of Candidacy may withdraw that declaration up until 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. Candidates may not withdraw after that time.

If the incumbent does not file, there will be a five-day extension for anyone other than the incumbent to file.

1Since the actual deadline falls on a weekend the deadline date is moved to the next business day.
 

 

Aug. 11

(E-88)

Last Day to Submit Resolutions of Consolidation

Final deadline for the governing body of a district, city, school or other political subdivision which requests consolidation of a local election for candidates or measures to file the request with the county Elections Department.

10401, 10402

Earlier filing dates are encouraged in order to meet printing schedules.

Aug. 12 - 16

(E-87 to E-83)

Extension of Nomination Period

If an incumbent member of a school board, special district board, or city council does not file a Declaration of Candidacy by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11, any person other than the incumbent may file a Declaration of Candidacy by 5 p.m. on Aug. 16. This provision does not apply if there is no incumbent eligible to be elected. Any candidate who has filed may withdraw his or her Declaration of Candidacy up until 5 p.m. on the last day to file.

10225, 10407, 10516(b), 10603

Aug. 16

(E-83)

Insufficient Number of Nominees

Special Districts: If by 5 p.m. on this day, no one has been nominated or an insufficient number of persons has been nominated to fill an office or offices, and a petition signed by 10% or 50 voters (whichever is the smaller number) has not been submitted, the elections official shall certify this fact to the Board of Supervisors. A person who has filed a Declaration of Candidacy shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting held prior to the first Monday before the first Friday in December. If no one filed, another qualified person shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors on or before November 7 and shall take office and serve as if elected.

10515

Schools/County Boards of Education: If by 5 p.m. on this day, only one person has filed or there are no nominees for the office(s) to be filed or in the case of members elected at large or by trustee areas, there are fewer than the number to be elected, and no petition is signed by 10% or 50 voters (whichever is the smaller number) an appointment will be made. The qualified person nominated shall be seated at the organizational meeting of the board, or, if an insufficient number is nominated, the governing board shall appoint as necessary at a meeting held prior to Election Day. Persons so appointed shall be seated at the organizational meeting and serve as if they had been elected.

In the event no one is nominated, the governing board shall publish a notice one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the district stating the board intends to make an appointment and informing the public how to apply for the office.

Ed. Code 5326, 5328, 5328.5

Cities: If by 5 p.m. on this day (or the 88th day if there is no extension) there are no nominees or only one nominee for an elective city office, the city council may decide to fill the office by appointment or proceed with the election.

Prior to the council’s action, the City Clerk must publish a one-time notice of the facts and options under Elec. Code '10229. The council may not make an appointment until five days after this publication.

If no appointment is made by the 75th day, the election is held. If any citywide office or measure is on the ballot, the election is held regardless of an insufficient number of nominees.

10229

Aug. 17, 11 a.m.

(E-82)

Randomized Alphabet Drawing

Secretary of State shall conduct the randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order in which the candidates will appear on the ballot.

On this same day, the county Elections Department shall conduct a randomized alphabet drawing for the offices of State Senate and Assembly.

13112

Aug. 31

(E-68)

Certified List of Candidates – Federal and State Offices

Last day for the Secretary of State to send to each elections official a list showing the name, party affiliation, and ballot designation of every person who has been nominated as a candidate for public office and is entitled to receive votes within the county at the General Election.

8148

Sept. 3

(E-60)

Special Absent Voters' Ballot Applications

The first day county election officials may process applications for special absent voters' ballots. The application must include the statement that the voter cannot vote an absentee ballot during the normal absentee voting period of October 10 to October 31, 2000 because of military or other contingencies that preclude normal mail delivery.

300(b), 3103

Sept. 11 – Oct. 24

(E-57 to E-14)

Statement of Write-in Candidacy and Nomination Papers

During this period write-in candidates must file their Statement of Write-in Candidacy and Nomination Papers with the county elections official.

8601

Sept. 14

(E-54)

54-Day Walking Lists Prepared

The County Elections Official will prepare the 54-day voter index that is available for purchase upon written application at a cost of 50 cents per 1,000 names.

2184

 

Sept. 28 – Oct. 17

(E-40 to E-21)

Counties Mail Sample Ballots / State Ballot Pamphlet Mailing

Between these dates the county elections official shall mail a Sample Ballot and polling place notice to each registered voter.

Between these dates the Secretary of State shall mail state ballot pamphlets to all households in which voters were registered by Friday, Sept. 8 (E-60) The county will do a supplemental mailing of state pamphlets to voters who register after Sept. 8.

9094,13303, 13304

Oct. 5

(E-33)

First Pre-Election Statement

Last day to file campaign statements for candidates and committees covering the period ending Sept. 30 (E-38).

Gov. Code 84200.5, 84200.7b

Oct. 5

(E-33)

Supplemental Independent Expenditure Reports

Candidates or committees making independent expenditures of $500 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate or measure shall file independent expenditure reports as if it were formed or existing primarily to support or oppose the candidate or measure.

Gov. Code 84203.5, 82031

Oct. 101

(E-29)

Establish Precinct Boards and Polling Places

Last day for the county Elections Department to appoint board members and polling places and provide a copy to each county central committee and make a copy available to the public.

12286, 12318

Oct. 101

(E-29)

Last Day to Register to Vote in the November Election

Voter registration cards signed and executed on or before this day will be added to the voter registration rolls for the November election, if the affidavit is received by the county elections official by mail by October 13 (E-25) or postmarked on or before the 29th day prior to the election, or submitted to the DMV or NVRA agency on or before the 29th day prior to the election.

2102, 2107

Oct. 101 - Oct. 31

(E-29 to E-7)

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Period

Between these dates voters may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot from the Elections Department. Under certain conditions voters may obtain an absentee ballot after Oct. 31.

3001, 3003

1Since the actual deadline falls on a holiday, the deadline date is moved to the next business day.

 

Oct. 10 - Oct. 31

(E-28 to E-7)

New Residents and New Citizens Registration Period

Registration for new residents shall begin the 28th day prior to an election and end on the seventh day prior to election day. This registration must be executed in the county elections office and the new resident shall vote a new resident’s ballot containing the contest of President and Vice President only. The ballot shall be voted in the election official’s office.

332, 3400

A new citizen registering to vote after the close of registration shall provide the county elections official with proof of citizenship prior to voting, and shall declare that he or she has established residency in California. New citizens vote a regular ballot.

331, 3500, 3501

Oct. 101

(E-29)

29-Day Walking Lists Prepared

The County Elections Official will prepare the 29-day voter index available for purchase upon written application at a cost of 50 cents per 1,000 names.

2184

Oct. 22 – Nov. 6

(E-16 to E-1)

Late Contribution/Independent Expenditure Report

During this time late contribution/independent expenditure reports must be filed by FAX, telegram, mailgram, guaranteed overnight mail or deliver in person.

Gov. Code 84203, 84204

Oct. 22 – Nov. 6

(E-16 to E-1)

24-Hour Statement of Organization Filing Requirement – Recipient Committees & Slate Mailer Organizations

During the 16 days immediately preceding an election, any person or entity which qualifies as a recipient committee or slate mailer organization must file a Form 410 within 24 hours by telegram or personal delivery.

Gov. Code 84101, 84108

Oct. 26

(E-12)

Second Pre-Election Statement

The last day to file campaign statements for candidates and committees covering the period from 10-1-00 to 10-21-00.

Gov. Code 84200.5, 84200.8

Oct. 26

(E-12)

Supplemental Independent Expenditure Reports

Candidates or committees making independent expenditures of $500 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate or measure shall file independent expenditure reports as if it were formed or existing primarily to support or oppose the candidate or measure.

Gov. Code 84203.5, 82031

Oct. 28

(E-10)

Notice of Central Counting Place

Last day for county elections official to publish the notice that the general election ballots will be counted at a specified public place. The notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.

12109

1Since the actual deadline falls on a holiday, the deadline date is moved to the next business day.

No later than

Oct. 31

(E-7)

Publish Polling Places and Precinct Board Members

Not less than one week before the election, the elections official shall publish the list of polling places and precinct board members.

12105-12108, Gov. Code 6061

Oct. 31

(E-7)

Quarterly Statements by Ballot Measure Committees

All committees primarily formed to support or oppose the qualification, passage or defeat of a ballot measure must file quarterly campaign statements for the period July 1 through Sept. 30 during any semiannual period in which the measure is not being voted upon. Following the election, such committees are only required to file semiannual statements unless they make contributions or expenditures to qualify, support or oppose other measures, in which case they would have an ongoing duty to file quarterly statements.

Gov. Code 84202.3

Nov. 1 – Nov. 7

(E-6 to E)

Absentee Ballots – Late Conditions

Voters unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability or because they will be absent from their precinct on election day, may come to the Elections Department and receive an absentee ballot over the counter. Voters may designate in writing a representative to bring the absentee ballot to them. The voter my either personally or through the authorized representative return the ballot to the Elections Department or polling place in the county.

3021

Nov. 3

(E-4)

County Campaign Disclosure Statement – 3rd Pre-Election Statement

The last day for county candidates to file their disclosure statement for the period ending Nov 2.

Santa Cruz County Code 8.04.080(2)c

Nov. 4 – 5

(E-3 to E-2)

Weekend Voting

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department and Watsonville City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for weekend voting.

Nov. 7

(E)

General Election Day

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

1000, 14212

Nov. 7

(E)

Unopposed Judge: Superior Court

On this date, the County Clerk declares elected any incumbent superior court judge who has filed for office but whose name did not appear on either the primary or general election ballots because he or she was unopposed.

8203

Nov. 9 – Dec. 5

(E+2 to E+28)

Official Canvass

The official canvass of precinct returns is to be completed during this time.

15301

Nov. 27

(E+20)

Declaration of Elected Candidates

No later than the Monday before the first Friday in December, the county elections official shall declare the elected candidate or candidates to all school and special districts holding elections in November. As soon as the canvass is completed, the elections official shall prepare a Statement of Vote and send it to the secretary of each participating district. The elections official shall immediately make and deliver to each person elected a certificate of election.

10551 - 10553

Nov. 28

(E+21)

Board of Supervisors to Appoint Candidates In-Lieu of Election

Candidates who filed a Declaration of Candidacy shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting held prior to the first Monday before the first Friday in December. This is the last regularly scheduled board meeting before this statutory deadline.

10515

Dec. 1

(E+24)

Assuming Office

Special Districts: Candidates declared elected or appointed (i.e. as provided in 10515) take office this date at noon after having taken the oath and posted any bond required by the principal act.

10554

School/Community College Districts: Candidates elected to school board take office on this date pursuant to Ed. Code 5017, though no reference is made to "noon" as is the case in Elec. Code 10554.

Dec. 5

(E+28)

Statement of Vote to Board of Supervisors – Certificates of Election Prepared

The elections official shall prepare a certified statement of the results of the election and submit it to the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors shall declare the winners for each office and the results of each measure under its jurisdiction. The county elections official shall make and deliver to each person elected a certificate of election.

15372, 15400, 15401

5 days after canvass

Recount May Be Requested

Within five (5) days after the completion of the official canvass, any voter

may request a recount by filing a written request with the Elections official

and specifying which candidates and/or measures are to be recounted.

The request may specify the order of the precincts for the recount, and the petitioning voter shall, before commencement of each day's recount, deposit such sum as the official requires to cover costs (approximately $500 per day).

"Completion of the canvass" shall be presumed to be the time when the elections official signs the certified Statement of Vote.

15620 – 15634

Varies between

10 days to

6 months following the certification of the vote

Contesting Election

Any elector of a county, city, or of any political subdivision of either may contest any election held therein for any of the following grounds:

  1. That the precinct board or any member thereof was guilty of malconduct.
  2. That the person who has been declared elected to an office was not, at the time of the election, eligible to that office.
  3. That the defendant has given to any elector or member of a precinct board any bribe or reward, or has offered any bribe or reward for the purpose of procuring his election, or has committed any other offense against the elective franchise defined in Division 18 (commencing with 18000).
  4. That illegal votes were cast.
  5. That the precinct board in conducting the election or in canvassing the returns, made errors sufficient to change the result of the election as to any person who has been declared elected.
  6. That there was an error in the vote-counting programs or summation of ballot counts. 16100

The contestant shall verify the statement of contest, as provided by Section 446 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and shall file it within the following times after the declaration of the result of the election by the body canvassing the returns thereof:

  1. In cases other than cases of a tie, where the contest is brought on any of the grounds mentioned in subdivision (c) of 6100, six months.
  2. In all cases of tie, 20 days.
  3. In cases involving presidential electors, 10 days.
  4. In all other cases, 30 days. 16401

Dec. 12

(E+35)

Statement of Vote to Secretary of State

No later than this date the elections official shall send one copy of the Statement of Vote to the Secretary of State.

15375

Dec. 15

(E+39)

Certificates of Election

The Secretary of State shall issue certificates of election to persons elected to U.S. Senate, Congress, and legislative offices.

15503-15504

Jan. 21

(30 days after assuming office)

Statement of Economic Interests – All newly elected officials

Candidates elected to special districts and school districts must file a Form 700 within 30 days of assuming office.

Such statement shall not be required if the candidate has filed, within 60 days prior to assuming office, a statement for the same jurisdiction.

87200, 87203

1Since the actual deadline falls on a holiday, the deadline date is moved to the next business day.

Jan. 8, 2001

(E+62)

County Supervisors & Judges Assume Office

Terms begin at noon on the first Monday after January 1 succeeding their election.

Gov. Code 24200

Period Following Election

Document Retention

Nomination documents and signatures in-lieu of filing fee petitions (if applicable) shall be held during the term of office for which they were filed and for four years after the expiration of the term. They may be destroyed as soon as practicable thereafter provided no legal action or proceeding is pending.

Since the November 2000 election has federal offices on the ballot, precinct supplies and voted ballots must be preserved for 22 months following the election. If no legal action is pending at the time, the documents may be destroyed or recycled. Unused ballots may be destroyed or recycled after the November 2000 election.

Initiative, referendum and recall petitions must be preserved for eight months following certification of the election for which the petition qualified or eight months after final examination of the petition by the clerk. If no legal action or proceeding is then pending, the petitions may be destroyed as soon as practicable.

Elections Code Division 17, commencing with 17000

Jan. 31, 2001

Semiannual Campaign Statement

Last day to file semiannual campaign statements, if required, by all candidates and committees.

Gov. Code 84200, 84218

Jan. 31, 2001

Supplemental Independent Expenditure Reports

Candidates or committees making independent expenditures of $500 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate or measure shall file independent expenditure reports as if it were formed or existing primarily to support or oppose the candidate or measure.

Gov. Code 84203.5, 82031

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