March 30, 2011
Contact: Shannan Velayas
SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the certified list of candidates who will appear on the Special Primary Election ballot to fill the vacancy in the 36th Congressional District seat. The candidates and their official ballot designations are:
The Special Primary Election will be held on May 17 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jane Harman.
In a special primary, all qualified candidates appear on one ballot. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast (50 percent plus one), no further election will be necessary. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a Special General Election will be held on July 12, with a ballot featuring the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary.
This election is being conducted under the rules of Proposition 14 (approved by California voters in 2010). Prior to the new law, known as the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, if no candidate received a majority of the votes in a special primary election, the candidate from each qualified political party who received the most votes would move on to a special general election. Also before the new open primary rules, every candidate's party registration was listed on ballots; now voters and candidates only indicate a preferred party or "no party preference." More information about the new procedures is at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/Special/pdf/new-open-primary-information.pdf.
The official certified list of candidates, with contact information for each of them, is available at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/Special/cd36/certified-list.pdf.