November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election
Candidate filing is closed
Offices Going to Election - these offices will be on the ballot for the November 3 election.
Offices Appointed In-Lieu of Election - these candidates will not be on the ballot. They will be appointed in-lieu of election and serve as if elected.
Candidate's Handbook - Information you need to run for office!
District Verification - Click here to check what district you live in (use your residential address) - Most offices require you to live in the district you are running for.
To prepare your candidacy papers, please complete the Candidate Preliminary Information and email it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX it to 831-454-2445, attention: Mari.
Please review the Candidate Checklist to make sure you have all the documents you need to file.
We will prepare your Declaration of Candidacy and let you know when it is ready for you to make an appointment online to come to the office to file the following documents:
- Declaration of Candidacy – prepared by our office for you to sign during your appointment
- Ballot designation worksheet – fill it out online, print, and bring it in signed.
- Candidate statement agreement (school & special districts), if you are submitting one for publication and/or posting – fill it out online, print, and bring it in signed. Attach your candidate statement to the form. Candidate statements must also be emailed to email@example.com
- Internet Waiver - to allow us to post your contact information on our website – fill it out online, print and bring it in signed.
- Form 700 - A Conflict of Interest Statement must be filed by all candidates. If you don't have a username, you will need to request one. The statement is filed online and may be filed at the same time that you file your Declaration of Candidacy or by August 7. If you have already filed one as an incumbent, you will need to file another one as a candidate. Contact Mari Segura at 831-454-2408 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about filing your Form 700 online.
- Form 470 - If you do not plan on raising or spending more than $2,000.
- Code of Fair Campaign Practices – Optional form. Print and bring it in signed.
- Statement of Responsibility for Caltrans – outdoor political signs – fill it out online, print and mail it to the address on the form.
State Senate, State Assembly, and Superior Court Judge Candidates who were nominated in the March election and will be in a run-off in the November election, may file a Candidate Statement to be printed in the County Voter Information Guide.
Candidates are encouraged to file your candidacy papers in person by appointment; however, you may authorize someone else to pick up documents by appointment on your behalf.
Secretary of State General Election Calendar
Secretary of State 2020 Election Guide - scroll to Section 8 for November election information
Candidates for City offices must file with the City Clerk:
Candidate Information Workshops