Candidate Statements

California law allows candidates running for a federal or state office to have a candidate statement included in the state Voter Information Guide, on the Secretary of State website, or in certain cases, in the county Voter Information Guide.

Candidates may file an amended Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501) to accept the voluntary expenditure limits for the general election if the voluntary expenditure limits were rejected in the primary election but not exceeded during that election. The filing of an amended Form 501 allows candidates for statewide constitutional offices, State Senator, and the State Assembly to purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the state Voter Information Gide (VIG) or county VIG of the county or counties in their jurisdiction.

Candidates must file the amended statement of acceptance not later than Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Moreover, candidates for a statewide constitutional office and United States Senator have from June 28, 2018, to July 18, 2018, to purchase space for a 250-word statement in the official state VIG. A candidate for statewide constitutional office may purchase space for statement only if a Form 501 has been filed and the candidate has agreed to accept the voluntary expenditure limits.

For additional information, please click the following link: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

Statewide Candidates

Statewide candidates, who choose to keep their campaign spending under a specified limit, may purchase space in the state Voter Information Guide for a 250-word candidate statement (Government Code section 85601(a)). Statewide offices covered are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Controller, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Board of Equalization (BOE).  Candidates who purchase a candidate statement will be charged $25 per word, with a maximum of 250 words ($6,250.00).  The deadline to file a candidate statement for statewide office is Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  

For more information, please contact the Elections Division at 916-657-2166 or by email at Candidate-Statements@sos.ca.gov.

Federal Candidates

Candidates running for the United States House of Representatives may purchase space for a 250-word statement in the county Voter Information Guide. The statement may not make any reference to any opponent of the candidate (Elections Code section 13307.5).  Candidate statements must be submitted to the counties by Friday, August 10, 2018 (Elections Code section 13307(a)(2)).  

The Secretary of State will be surveying the counties on the costs charged for candidate statements in county voter information guides.  The most recent estimates of costs charged to candidates by counties, as a result of this survey, will be available on this page July 19, 2018.  For planning purposes, estimates for costs charged to candidates in the June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary can be found at this link.  Please contact your county elections official for the cost of legislative and congressional candidate statements.

Candidates running for the United States Senate may purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the state Voter Information Guide. The statement may not make any reference to any opponent of the candidate (Elections Code sections 9084(i) and 13308).  Candidates for United States Senate who purchase a candidate statement will be charged $25 per word, with a maximum of 250 words ($6,250.00).  The deadline to file a candidate statement is Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

For more information, please contact the Elections Division at 916-657-2166 or by email at Candidate-Statements@sos.ca.gov.

Legislative Candidates

State Senate and Assembly legislative candidates, who choose to keep their campaign spending under a specified limit, may purchase space in the county Voter Information Guide for a 250-word candidate statement (Government Code section 85601(c)).  Candidate statements must be submitted to the counties by Friday, August 10, 2018 (Elections Code section 13307(a)(2)).  Please contact your county elections official for the cost of legislative and congressional candidate statements.

Listed below are cost estimates provided by the counties of how much they plan to charge for legislative and congressional candidate statements in their counties. Please note that these are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Cost Estimates for State Legislative and U.S. Congressional Candidate Statements (as of 03/02/2018) (PDF) | (XLS)

Candidates may file an amended Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501) to accept the voluntary expenditure limits for the general election if the voluntary expenditure limits were rejected in the primary election but not exceeded during that election. The filing of an amended Form 501 allows candidates for statewide constitutional offices, State Senator, and the State Assembly to purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the state Voter Information Gide (VIG) or county VIG of the county or counties in their jurisdiction.

For additional information, please click the following link: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

Proposition 34 Candidate Statement Provisions

Proposition 34 established voluntary spending limits for candidates running for statewide office, the state Senate and the state Assembly. Candidates, who choose to accept the spending limits, are allowed to purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in either the state Voter Information Guide or in the county Voter Information Guide.

Listed below is the Proposition 34 - June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary Election Preliminary Statewide Candidates Form 501 Status Report.

  • June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary Election Final Statewide Candidates Form 501 Status Report (as of March 29, 2018) (PDF)
  • June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary Election Final Legislative Candidates Form 501 Status Report (as of April 9, 2018) (PDF)

To accept the spending limits, candidates running for statewide office or state Senate or state Assembly, must file a Candidate Statement of Intention (Form 501) with the Secretary of State's Political Reform Division indicating whether they intend to abide by the spending limits prior to submitting a candidate statement.

This chart identifies where a candidate can place a
statement and the Proposition 34 spending limits for that office (if applicable).
  Prop. 34 Voluntary
Expenditure Limit
(For elections held
on or after
January 1, 2017
 
Office250-word
Candidate Statement Location
Primary/Special ElectionGeneral/Special Runoff Election
President and
Vice President
of the United States
Secretary of
State Website
N/A N/A
United States Senate State Voter
Information Guide
N/A N/A
United States Representative County Voter
Information Guide
N/A N/A
Governor State Voter
Information Guide
$8,753,000 $14,588,000
Lieutenant Governor State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Secretary of State State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Controller State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Treasurer State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Attorney General State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Insurance Commissioner State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Superintendent
of Public Instruction
State Voter
Information Guide
$5,835,000 $8,753,000
Member, State
Board of Equalization
State Voter
Information Guide
$1,459,000 $2,188,000
State Senator County Voter
Information Guide
$875,000 $1,313,000
Member of the State Assembly County Voter
Information Guide
$584,000 $1,021,000