¿Cuándo puedo sacar documentos de candidatura para postularme a un cargo?
La fecha de inicio para registro de candidatos varía según el cargo y si el candidato elige participar en ciertos pasos del proceso de candidatura. Haz clic aquí para obtener el calendario electoral detallado que describe los plazos de fechas claves.
¿Cuáles son los plazos para el registro de candidatura?
Consulta el calendario electoral en el sitio web del Registro Electoral para conocer todos los plazos.
¿Cuáles son lor requisitos generales para postularse para un cargo?
Los requisitos generales para todos los candidatos son:
- Tener 18 años para el día se la elección;
- Ser un ciudadano del estado;
- Ser votante registrado en el momento en que se emiten los documentos de nominación y, a menos que se indique específicamente lo contrario, debe estar calificado para votar por el cargo;
- Ser elegible para tomar el juramento del cargo y poder ser vinculado en las necesidades previstas por los estatutos; y
- No debe haber sido condenado por delitos designados especificados en la Constitución y las leyes del Estado.
¿Qué contiendas estarán en la boleta electoral?
Consulta la sección "Contiendas en la boleta" del sitio web del Registro Electoral para obtener esta información.
¿Dónde puedo obtener información sobre el proceso de registro de candidatura?Puedes encontrar esta información aquí o llamando o visitando la oficina del Registro Electoral, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Edificio C, Santa Ana, CA; 714-567-7600. Un manual del candidato también está disponible si se solicita.
¿Necesito residir en el distrito para postularme para un cargo?
Los requisitos de residencia dependen del cargo. Para Representante de los Estados Unidos, no es necesario residir en el distrito para ser candidato. Para la asamblea estatal, el senado estatal, la junta de educación del condado y el comité central del condado, debes residir en el distrito en el momento en que se emiten los documentos de nominación. Para los cargos del condado que no sean la Junta de Supervisores, debes residir en el Condado de Orange. Para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado, debes estar registrado en el distrito durante al menos 30 días antes de la fecha límite para presentar los documentos de nominación para el cargo. Para Juez del Tribunal Superior, no es necesario que resida en el Condado de Orange.
¿Cómo averiguo quién más se ha presentado como candidato para la misma contienda que yo?
Hay un registro de candidatos en nuestro sitio web que se actualiza diariamente, o puedes llamar a nuestra oficina al 714-567-7600..
¿Qué sucede si el titular no solicita la reelección?
Si el titular no se presenta para la reelección pero es elegible para hacerlo, la contienda se extenderá por cinco días después de que el período de registro haya cerrado para cualquier candidato que no sea el titular.
¿Qué es una declaración de intenciones?
The Declaration of Intention is a written document that all Judicial candidates must sign and file stating his/her intention to become a candidate for the office of Judge of the Superior Court.
¿El número en el cargo judicial que aparece en la boleta es el distrito que representaré, si soy electo?
No, el número se asigna únicamente con fines electorales y se basa en la lista alfabética de los titulares.
¿Hay alguna cuota por presentar la solicitud de candidatura?
For most offices, there is a Filing Fee that must be paid in order to obtain Nomination Papers. There is no Filing Fee required for Member of the County Board of Education, Member of the County Central Committee, Member of the Green County Council, Board Member of a local school district, and Director of a special district.
When Do I Pay My Filing Fee?
The Filing Fee must be paid before Nomination Papers can be issued. However, if you collected enough signatures on the Signatures-In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions to satisfy the nomination signature requirement, then you will not need to circulate Nomination Papers; in this case, the Filing Fee must be paid before you complete your Declaration of Candidacy.
What Are Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions?
Signatures-in-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions are papers for obtaining signatures to lower the cost of a candidate’s Filing Fee. The signatures may also be used towards nomination signature requirements.
Must I Circulate Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions?
No. This is an optional process. By not circulating and filing Signatures-in-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions, you will need to pay your Filing Fee in full.
I Live in a Multi-County District. Where Do I Obtain My Signatures In-Lieu Petitions?
You may obtain these petitions from the election official’s office in your county of domicile or from any county within the district.
I Live in a Multi-County District. Where Do I File My Signatures In-Lieu Petitions?
You must file the petitions at the election official’s office in the county from which the signatures were obtained.
Who Can Circulate My Signature In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions or Nomination Papers?
Anyone 18 years or older. He/She does not need to be a registered voter, be affiliated with the same political party as the candidate or live in the district in which the candidate is to be voted on.
May I Circulate My Own Signature In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions or Nomination Papers?
Do the Signers of Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions Need to be Affiliated With the Same Political Party As I am?
No. The signers do not need to be registered with the same political party as the candidate.
Do the Signers of Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions Need to Reside in the District in which I am Running for office?
Yes. The signers need to reside in the district in which you are running the Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions.
Can a Voter Sign More Than One Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions?
No, unless there is more than one position to be filled for the same contest.
May I File My Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions at Various Times Throughout the Filing Period?
Yes. It is not required to file all Signatures-in-Lieu of Filing Fee Petitions at the same time.
Do I Need to Collect Nomination Signatures as a Requirement to Run for Office?
For Primary Election contests, candidates do have a nomination signature requirement. For General Election contests, there is not a nomination signature requirement.
I Live in a Multi-County District. Where Do I Obtain My Nomination Papers and Declaration of Candidacy?
You must obtain your Nomination Papers and Declaration of Candidacy from your county of domicile.
I Live in a Multi-County District, Where Do I File My Nomination Papers and Declaration of Candidacy?
You must file the Nomination Papers and Declaration of Candidacy at the election official’s office in the county from which the signatures were obtained.
Do the Signers of My Nomination Papers Need to be Affiliated With the same Political Party as I am?
No. The voter does not need to be registered with your political party. The only exception is that signers of Nomination Papers for County Central Committee Members must be affiliated with the same political party as the candidate.
Do the Signers of My Nomination Papers Need to Reside in the District in Which I am Running for Office?
How Many Signatures are Needed for Nomination?
The number of signatures required is:
- United States Senator: 65-100.
- State Constitutional: 65-100.
- Representative in Congress, State Senate and State Assembly: 40-60.
- Judge of the Superior Court, County Board of Education, County Board of Supervisors and County Offices: 20-40.
- For the number of signatures required for member of a political party's County Central Committee and Member of the Green Party Council, refer to the Candidate's Handbook on the Registrar of Voters' website.
May I Withdraw My Candidacy After I Complete the Filing Processes?
No. You may not withdraw your candidacy after you have completed the filing process for a Primary Election.
I Paid My Filing Fee, But Did Not Qualify to become a Candidate. Do I Get a Refund of My Filing Fee?
No. The Filing Fee is non-refundable.
What is a Ballot Designation?
A ballot designation is a description of no more than three words of your principal profession, vocation or occupation. A ballot designation may also be a current elected position title (no word limitation), the word “Incumbent”, or if appointed, the words “Appointed Incumbent”. You may access the Candidate Handbook to review the Ballot Designation Guidelines.
Where May I Find Ballot Designation Guidelines?
That information may be found in the Candidate’s Handbook, or by visiting or calling the Registrar of Voters’ office at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, CA 92705; 714-567-7600.
May I Change My Ballot Designation After I Have Filed My Declaration of Candidacy?
Yes, but only if Candidate Filing has not closed. A new Ballot Designation Worksheet must be completed.
May I Change My Ballot Designation After the Primary Election to a Different Designation in the General Election?
Yes. A written request must be submitted at least 98 days prior to the General Election. A new Ballot Designation Worksheet must be completed.
May I Challenge Someone's Ballot Designation? If So, How?
Yes. You may challenge someone’s Ballot Designation during the Nomination/Declaration of Candidacy period. To do so, you must submit a written statement outlining the reasons for the challenge to the Registrar of Voters. After Candidate Filing ends, there is a 10-day public review period in which you can challenge the Ballot Designation in Superior Court.
Can I Have a Candidate's Statement Printed in the County Voter Information Guide?
Yes. You may have a Candidate’s Statement printed in the Voter Information Guide if you are a candidate for United States Representative, State Assembly, State Senate, County Board of Supervisors, County offices, County Board of Education, Judge of the Superior Court, Board Member of a local school district, and Director of a special district. If you are running for United States Senator or a State Constitutional office, you will need to file your Candidate’s Statement with the Secretary of State’s office.
What is a Candidate's Statement?
A Candidate’s Statement is a recitation of the candidate’s own personal background and qualifications, and makes no reference to another candidate’s qualifications, character, or activities.
What is the Cost of a Candidate's Statement?
You will need to refer to the Candidate’s Handbook on the Registrar of Voters' website or contact the Registrar of Voters’ office at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, CA; 714-567-7600 for the cost of your statement. The cost of Candidates’ Statements varies depending on the contest.
How Do You Calculate the Candidate’s Statement Cost?
The Candidate’s Statement amount is based on the Voter Information Guide printing costs, translations costs, labor, and overhead.
Why Do I Need to Pay a Fee to Put a Candidate's Statement in the Voter Information Guide?
The Elections Code allows the Registrar of Voters to require each candidate filing a statement to pay in advance his/her pro rata share as a condition of having his/her statement included in the Voter Information Guide.
How are Candidate's Statements Actual Costs Calculated?
The intent of the Candidate’s Statement charges is to determine the actual cost of putting the Candidate’s Statement in the Voter Information Guide. The actual costs are calculated based on labor and overhead; the cost to translate into Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese; and the cost to print the Candidate’s Statement in the Voter Information Guide.
May I Use Bolding, Underlining, Bullet Points and All Caps in My Candidate's Statement?
No. You may not include any of the elements in your statement. In addition, you may not make reference to another candidate’s qualifications, character, or activities.
If I Want to Run for an Office That is Within More Than One County, Do I Need to File My Candidate's Statement in Only One County for It to Appear in Each County's Voter Information Guide?
No. You will need to file the Candidate’s Statement with each county and pay the fee to each county in which you would like your statement to appear in the Voter Information Guide.
How Many Words may be Included in My Candidate's Statement?
The number of words varies depending on the contest:
- United States Representative: 250 words;
- State Senate and State Assembly: 250 words;
- County and Judicial offices: 200 or 400 words;
- Board Member of a local school district and Director of a special district: 200 words (May do a 400-word statement if the district authorizes).
May I Withdraw My Filed Candidate's Statement?
Yes. You must withdraw your Candidate’s Statement but it must be done no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next business day after Candidate Filing ends.
If I Withdraw My Candidate's Statement, Will I Receive a Refund?If So, When?
Yes. You will receive a refund 30 days after the election.
May I Change My Candidate's Statement After It is Filed?
No. Your Candidate’s Statement can be withdrawn but not changed, unless a court order has been issued.
May I Challenge Someone's Candidate's Statement? If So, How?
Yes. There is a 10-day public review period after candidate filing has ended during which time a person may file a writ of mandate or injunction to require the candidate's statement to be amended.
If I am in a General Election Run-Off, May I Use the same Candidate's Statement as I Used in the Primary Election?
Yes, but you must re-submit the same statement or submit a new Candidate’s Statement during the filing period for the General Election. In either case, you must pay a deposit. The deposit will be the same as paid in the Primary Election.