2020 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 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
  • Candidate Intention Statement
  • Campaign Contribution Account
  • Exceptions
  • Additional Filing Information

Section 3: Candidate Filing Information (PDF)

  • 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)

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

Section 5: March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election Calendar (PDF)

  • March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election Calendar

Section 6: Electors and the Electoral College (PDF)

  • Electors
  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party
  • American Independent Party
  • Green Party
  • Libertarian and Peace and Freedom Parties
  • The Electoral College
  • Congressional Role

Section 7: Independent Candidates (PDF)

  • Presidential Candidates
  • Voter-Nominated Candidates

Section 8: November 3, 2020, General Election Calendar (PDF)

  • November 3, 2020, General Election Calendar

Section 9: Political Party Qualification and Information (PDF)

  • Political Party Qualifications and Information

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)

  • 2019 Calendar
  • 2020 Calendar
  • 2021 Calendar