The March primary included several partisan offices where voters nominated a candidate from qualified political parties to appear on the general election run-off ballot. Thus, the party nominating process contains no provision for members of non-qualified parties or non-partisan candidates to participate in the primary nomination process.
The Independent Nomination provisions of Part 2 of Division 8 of the Elections Code, beginning at Section 8300, provide a method for the nomination of non-partisan candidates to partisan public offices. There is no limitation to the number of independent candidates who can be nominated and placed on the ballot at the general election, provided each meets the legal requirements.
To be eligible as an independent candidate at the general election, the candidate:
The number of signatures of qualified registered voters that must appear on the Nomination Papers of persons seeking an independent candidacy is based on the previous general elections registration figures. Depending on the office sought, Nomination Papers require either one or three percent of the number of registered voters in the election jurisdiction as of October 7, 1999. On the following page the signature requirements for U.S. Senate and Congressional offices voted upon in Santa Cruz County are provided. The Nomination Papers must be filed between June 8 and August 7.
Independent candidates who wanted to run for offices that require them to file a Declaration of Intention State Senate and State Assembly, were required to file during the pre-primary filing schedule. However, independent candidates for U.S. Senate and/or Congressional offices have different filing dates due to the fact that they do not file the Declaration of Intention.
Filing periods for independent candidates running for U.S. Senate and Congress are:
Filing Fee or Number of Signatures-In-Lieu of Paying the Filing Fee Required to Place Independent Candidate on the November 7, 2000 General Election Ballot
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