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March 27, 2014

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Secretary of State Bowen
Certifies Candidate List for June Primary

SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today published the certified list of candidates who will appear on June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election ballots. The official list, with ballot designations and contact information for each candidate, is available at

In the second statewide primary since the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act took effect January 1, 2011, Californians will weigh in on 155 state, legislative and congressional contests. The open primary law requires that all candidates for a voter-nominated office (previously known as a partisan office) be listed on the same ballot. Anyone can vote for any candidate for the office, regardless of party preference, then only the two candidates receiving the most votes move on to the November 4 General Election. The top two voter-getters move on to the general election regardless of vote totals; even if there are only two candidates in the open primary, a general election is still required.

The first June 3 primary election ballots may go out to California’s military and overseas voters as early as April 4. The last day to register to vote in the June 3 primary election is May 19. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is May 27.

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