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January 5, 2016

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Key Dates for June 7 California Primary


SACRAMENTO – With just five months until California’s Primary Election on June 7, 2016, here is a roundup of key election-related dates.               


Announcement of selected presidential candidates

(Democratic, Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom parties)


On or before February 8, 2016

Candidate filing period


February 15 – March 11

Extended filing period if eligible incumbent does not file


March 12 – March 16

State Voter Information Guide on public display


February 23 – March 14

State Voter Information Guide mailing period


April 28 – May 17

Randomized alphabet drawing for candidate order on ballots


March 17

Certified list of candidates published                         


March 31*


Military and overseas ballot mailing begins


April 8

Vote-by-mail ballot mailing begins 


May 9

Voter registration deadline              


May 23

Election Day


June 7

County elections officials process ballots, certify results  


June 7 – July 7

Secretary of State compiles results, certifies election


July 15


Expanded list of Key Dates and Deadlines 

Click here for a detailed 2016 calendar 


*March 31 falls on a state holiday. Deadline moves to next business day, which is April 1.