Special Election Calendar

Special Primary Election March 25, 2014
California State Senate, 23rd District (Bill Emmerson)


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Date E- Date Sequence Description Elections Code
12/01/13 1

Vacancy

12/05/13 (E-110) 2

Governor's Proclamation

On this date, the Governor issued his proclamation calling the special election.

The date of the special primary election is calculated by counting back nine Tuesdays or, if the ninth Tuesday is the day of or following a state holiday, ten Tuesdays preceding the day of the special general election at which the vacancy is to be filled.

If one candidate receives a majority of the votes (50% + 1), no special general election wil be held.

§§ 10700, 107031; Gov. Code § 1773

§ 10704(a)

§ 10705

12/06/13
to
01/16/14
(E-109 to E-68) 3

In-Lieu Petitions

Period for candidates to obtain forms from the county elections official for securing signatures in lieu of all or part of the filing fee. Signatures may also be applied to the signature requirement for the office on the Nomination Papers.

§§ 8061, 8106(b) & (d)

01/11/14 (Saturday)
to
01/31/14
(E-73 to E-53) 4

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers

Period for candidates to obtain and deliver Nomination Papers to the county elections official for filing. Candidates must also file a Declaration of Candidacy and Ballot Designation Worksheet during this period.

Filing fees shall be paid at the time the candidate obtains nomination forms from the county elections official.

§§ 8040, 8041, 8062, 10704, 13107.3

§§ 8105, 8106(b)(3)

01/11/14 (Saturday)
to
01/31/14
(E-73 to E-53) 5

Candidate Statements in the County Official Sample Ballot

During this period, State Senate candidates may purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the official sample ballot(s) of the county or counties in the jurisdiction. Candidates for State Senate may purchase statement space only if they have agreed to voluntary expenditure limits.

Gov. Code § 85601(c)

01/16/14 (E-68) 6

In-Lieu Petitions

Last day to submit in-lieu filing fee petitions to the county elections official. The county elections official shall notify the candidate of any deficiencies within 10 days after receipt of a petition.

§ 8106(b)(3)

01/24/14 (E-60) 7

Notice of Randomized Alphabet Drawing

Secretary of State to notify news media of the randomized drawing.

§ 13112(c)

01/26/14 (E-58) 8

Signatures in lieu of Filing Fees - Determine Sufficiency

Last day for the county elections official to determine the sufficiency of the in-lieu signatures submitted by the candidates. No later than January 31, 2013 (E-53), the candidates notified shall either submit supplemental signatures or pay a prorated fee to cover the deficiency.

§§ 8061, 8106(b)(3)

01/27/14
to
03/11/14
(E-57 to E-14) 9

Statement of Write-In Candidacy and Nomination Papers

Period for all write-in candidates to file their Statement of Write-In Candidacy and Nomination Papers with the county elections official.

§ 8601

01/31/14 (E-53) 10

Signatures in lieu of Filing Fees - Supplemental Deadline

Last day a candidate may submit supplemental signatures to the county elections official or pay a prorated portion of the filing fee to cover any deficiency in the filing fee payment.

§ 8106(b)(3)

01/31/14 (E-53) 11

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers Filed in Counties

Last day for any candidate to file the Declaration of Candidacy, Nomination Papers, and Ballot Designation Worksheet.

§§ 10704, 13107.3

01/31/14 (E-53) 12

Candidate Statements in the County Official Sample Ballot Deadline

Last day for State Senate candidates to purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the official sample ballot(s) of the county or counties in the jurisdiction. Candidates for State Senate may purchase statement space only if they have agreed to voluntary expenditure limits.

Gov. Code § 85601(c)

01/31/14 (E-53) 13

Political Party Endorsements

Last day for any qualified political party to submit to the county elections official a list of all candidates for voter-nominated office who will appear on any ballot in the county in question, and who have been endorsed by the party. The county elections official shall print any such list that is timely received from the state party chairperson in the sample ballot.

§ 13302(b)

01/31/14 (E-53)
[5:00 p.m.]
14

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers Filed with Secretary of State

Last day for the county elections official to certify and file the Declaration of Candidacy, Nomination Papers, and Ballot Designation Worksheet with the Secretary of State.

§§ 10704, 13107.3

02/01/142 (E-52) 15

Notice to Each Candidate

Secretary of State to notify each candidate for voter-nominated office of the names, addresses, offices, occupations, and party preferences of all other persons who have filed for the same office.

§ 8121

02/01/142 (E-52) 16

Party Preference History Posting on Website

Secretary of State to post on its website the party preference history of each candidate for the preceding 10 years.

§ 8121

02/03/14 (E-50) 17

Randomized Alphabet Drawing

On this date, the Secretary of State draws the randomized alphabet to determine the order for placing candidates' names on the ballots. This drawing will be used for the special primary election and special general election if such run-off is necessary.

§ 13112(d)

02/04/14 (E-49) 18

Certified List of Candidates

Last day for the Secretary of State to send the Certified List of Candidates to the county elections official.

§ 8120

02/08/143 (E-45) 19

Military and Overseas Voters

Last day for the county elections official to mail ballots to absent military and overseas voters.

§ 3114

02/13/14
to
03/15/142
(E-40 to E-10) 20

Counties Mail Sample Ballots/Voter Information Guides

Period in which the county elections official shall mail a polling place notice and sample ballot or voter information guide to each registered voter. The polling place notice may state whether the polling place is accessible to the physically handicapped.

§§ 13300, 13304, 133054

02/24/14 (E-29) 21

Precinct Board Members and Polling Places

Last day for the county elections official to appoint the members of the precinct boards and designate the polling places.

§ 12286

02/24/14
to
03/18/14
(E-29 to E-7) 22

Vote-By-Mail Voters

Period in which any registered voter may apply to the county elections official for a vote-by-mail ballots for the special primary election.

§§ 3001, 3102(e), 10704(c)

03/10/14 (E-15) 23

Voter Registration

Last day to register to vote in the special primary election.

§§ 2102, 2107

03/11/14
to
03/25/14
(E-14 to E) 24

New Citizen Registration Period

Period in which new citizens may register to vote. 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.

§§ 331, 3500, 3501

03/11/14 (E-14) 25

Statement of of Write-In Candidacy and Nomination Papers

Last day to file as a write-in candidate.

§ 8601

03/11/14 (E-14) 26

Certified List of Write-In Candidates

Secretary of State will prepare and send the Certified List of Write-In Candidates to the county elections official.

Date designated by
Secretary of State

03/11/14 (E-14) 27

Party Preference History Posting on Website

Secretary of State to post on its website the party preference history of each candidate for the preceding 10 years.

§ 8121

03/11/14 (E-14) 28

Bilingual Precinct Board Members

Last day to prepare a list of precincts to which bilingual officers were appointed. A copy of this list shall be made available to the public.

§ 12303(d)

03/15/142
(E-10) 29

Sample Ballots/Voter Information Guides

Last day for the county elections official to mail the sample ballots or voter information guides to voters for the special primary election.

§§ 13300, 13305

03/15/142
(E-10) 30

Publication of Tally Center Location

On or before this date, a notice shall be published by the county elections official at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the district specifying the public place to be used as the central tally center for counting the ballots.

§ 12109

03/18/14 (E-7) 31

Vote-By-Mail Voters

Last day for a county elections official to receive any voter's application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the special primary election.

§§ 3001, 3102(e), 10704(c)

03/18/14 (E-7) 32

Computer Program to Secretary of State

The last day for counties to verify their election night vote count computer programs and deposit copies thereof with the Secretary of State.

§ 15001

03/19/14
to
03/24/14
(E-6 to E-1) 31

Military or Overseas Voter - Recalled to Service

Period in which a registered military or overseas voter recalled to service after March 18, 2014 (E-7), but before 5:00 p.m. on March 24, 2014 (E-1), may appear before the county elections official and obtain a vote-by-mail ballot which may be voted in, or outside, the county elections official's office on or before the close of the polls and returned as are other voted vote-by-mail ballots.

§ 3111

03/19/14
to
03/25/14
(E-6 to E) 34

Vote-By-Mail Ballots - Late Conditions

Period in which any voter may apply in writing for a vote-by-mail ballot because of specified conditions if he or she will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day. The voter may designate any authorized representative to return the voted vote-by-mail ballot.

§ 3021

03/24/14 (E-1)
[5:00 p.m.]
35

Military or Overseas Voter - Recalled to Service

Last day a registered military or overseas voter recalled to service after March 18, 2014 (E-7), but before 5:00 p.m. on March 24, 2014 (E-1), may obtain from the county elections official a vote-by-mail ballot which can be voted in, or outside, the county elections official's office on or before the close of the polls and returned as are other voted vote-by-mail ballots.

§ 3111

03/25/14 (E) 36

Military or Overseas Voters

Any registered military or overseas voter or any individual born outside of the United States or District of Columbia whose parent or legal guardian was a resident of California when the parent was last living in the United States who has returned to their county of registration on or before this day, and to whom a vote-by-mail ballot has been mailed but not voted, may apply to vote in the county elections official's office or in a polling place.

An unregistered military or overseas voter who was released from service after the close of registration and who has returned to his or her county of residence may apply in person to register with the county elections official and vote in the election. Documentary proof of release from service is required. On or before the day of the election, the county elections official shall deliver to the precinct board a list of military or overseas voters registered under Elections Code section 3108.

A military or overseas voter or any individual born outside of the United States or District of Columbia whose parent or legal guardian was a resident of California when the parent was last living in the United States who returns to the county after March 18, 2014 (E-7), may appear before the county elections official and apply for registration, a vote-by-mail ballot, or both. The county elections official shall register the voter, if not registered, and shall deliver a vote-by-mail ballot which may be voted in, or outside, the county elections official's office on or before the close of the polls on the day of the election and returned as are other voted vote-by-mail ballots.

§§ 300(b), 3109





§ 3108





§ 3110

03/25/14 (E) 37

New Citizen Registration

Last day for new citizen registration.

§§ 331, 3500, 3501

03/25/14 (E) 38

Special Primary Election

Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. All vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the county elections official by 8:00 p.m. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes (50% + 1), no special general election will be held.

§§ 3020, 10705, 14212

03/25/14 (E) 39

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Returned in Order to be Counted

Vote-by-mail ballots shall be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at any polling place in the county where the voter is registered, or at the office of the elections official.

§§ 3017, 3020

03/25/14 (E) 40

Vote-By-Mail Ballots - Late Conditions

Last day any voter may request in writing a vote-by-mail ballot because of specified conditions resulting in his or her absence from the polling place or precinct on Election Day.

§ 3021

04/04/14 (E+10) 41

Official Canvass

Last day for the county elections official to complete the official canvass and certify the results to the Secretary of State.

Date designated by
Secretary of State

  1. All code references are to the California Elections Code unless otherwise stated.
  2. Deadline falls on Saturday; it does not move forward to the next business day.
  3. Assembly Bill 1417 and Elections Code section 3114 require that ballots and ballot materials be transmitted to each military and overseas voter on the 45th day before the election. E-45 is February 8, 2014, which is a Saturday; this deadline does not move forward to the next business day.
  4. See Senate Bill 589, Chapter 280 of the Statutes of 2013.

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