2016 California Election Guide

Table of Contents (PDF)  

Section 1: General Information (PDF)

  • Initiative and Referendum Qualification Requirements
  • Candidate Qualifications and Information

Section 2: Nomination Requirements (PDF)

  • Presidential Candidates
  • United States Senator, United States Representative in Congress, and Member of the State Legislature Candidates
  • Nomination Documents – Nomination Papers and Declaration of Candidacy
  • Signatures In Lieu of Filing Fee
  • Signatures In Lieu of Filing Fee and/or Nomination Papers
  • Ballot Designations
  • In General
  • Campaign Filings and Responsibilities
  • Additional Filing Information

Section 3: Candidate Filing Information (PDF) - revised 12/14/15

  • Required Filing Fees, In-Lieu Signatures, and Nomination Signatures
  • Write-In Candidates for the Office of President
  • Write-In Candidates for Voter-Nominated Offices

Section 4: Candidate Checklist (PDF)

  • United States Senator and Representative in Congress
  • State Senator and Member of the State Assembly

Section 5: June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election Calendar (PDF)

  • Summary of June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election Calendar
  • June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election Calendar

Section 6: Electors and the Electoral College (PDF)

  • Electors
  • The Electoral College
  • Congressional Role

Section 7: Independent Candidates (PDF)

  • Presidential Candidates
  • Voter-Nominated Candidates

Section 8: November 8, 2016, General Election Calendar (PDF)

  • Summary of November 8, 2016, General Election Calendar
  • November 8, 2016, General Election Calendar

Section 9: Political Party Information (PDF)

  • Political Party Qualification

Section 10: Offices and Subdivisions (PDF)

  • Political Subdivisions by County
  • Counties Within Congressional Districts
  • Counties Within State Senate Districts
  • Counties Within State Assembly Districts
  • Counties Within Board of Equalization Districts
  • Counties Within Appellate Court Districts
  • County Combinations of State Assembly, Congressional, State Senate, Board of Equalization, and Appellate Districts

Section 11: Calendars (PDF)

  • 2015 Calendar
  • 2016 Calendar
  • 2017 Calendar