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ELECTIONS CODE

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DIVISION 0.5. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (1-17)

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CHAPTER 2. PETITIONS AND PETITION SIGNERS (100-106)

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CHAPTER 3. NOMINATIONS (200-201)

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CHAPTER 4. DEFINITIONS (300-362)

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DIVISION 1. ESTABLISHED ELECTION DATES

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CHAPTER 1. ELECTION DATES (1000-1003)

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CHAPTER 2. ELECTION DAY (1100)

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CHAPTER 3. STATEWIDE ELECTIONS (1200-1202)

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CHAPTER 4. LOCAL ELECTIONS (1300-1304)

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CHAPTER 5. SPECIAL ELECTIONS (1400-1415)

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CHAPTER 6. MAIL BALLOT ELECTIONS (1500)

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DIVISION 2. VOTERS

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CHAPTER 1. VOTER QUALIFICATIONS

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Article 1. General Provisions (2000)

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Article 2. Determination of Residence and Domicile (2020-2035)

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Article 3. Visually Impaired Voters (2050-2053)

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CHAPTER 2. REGISTRATION

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Article 1. General Provisions (2100-2124)

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Article 2. Reimbursable Voter Outreach Costs (2130-2131)

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Article 3. Registration Procedures (2135-2143)

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Article 3.5. Student Voter Registration (2145-2148)

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Article 4. Forms (2150-2168)

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Article 5. Voter Registration Index (2180-2194)

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CHAPTER 2.5. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION (2196)

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CHAPTER 3. CANCELLATION AND VOTER FILE MAINTENANCE

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Article 1. General Provisions (2200-2213)

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Article 2. Residency Confirmation Procedures (2220-2226)

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Article 3. Reimbursable File Maintenance (2240-2241)

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CHAPTER 4. MOTOR VOTER (2250)

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CHAPTER 5. VOTER BILL OF RIGHTS (2300)

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DIVISION 3. VOTE BY MAIL VOTING, NEW RESIDENT, AND NEW CITIZEN VOTING

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CHAPTER 1. VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES (3000-3024)

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CHAPTER 2. SPECIAL ABSENTEE APPLICATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES (3100-3112)

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CHAPTER 3. PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION AND PROCEDURES (3200-3206)

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CHAPTER 4. FEDERAL ABSENTEE APPLICATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES (3300-3311)

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CHAPTER 5. NEW RESIDENTS APPLICATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES (3400-3408)

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CHAPTER 6. NEW CITIZENS APPLICATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES (3500-3503)

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DIVISION 4. MAIL BALLOT ELECTIONS

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CHAPTER 1. CONDITIONS FOR MAIL BALLOT ELECTION (4000-4004)

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CHAPTER 2. CONDUCT OF MAIL BALLOT ELECTIONS (4100-4108)

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DIVISION 5. POLITICAL PARTY QUALIFICATIONS

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CHAPTER 1. NEW PARTY QUALIFICATIONS (5000-5006)

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CHAPTER 2. PARTIES QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION (5100-5102)

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CHAPTER 3. DISQUALIFICATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES (5200)

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DIVISION 6. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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PART 1. PARTISAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES

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CHAPTER 0.5. GENERAL PROVISIONS (6000)

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CHAPTER 1. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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CHAPTER 2. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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CHAPTER 3. AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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CHAPTER 4. PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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PART 2. ELECTIONS FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (6900-6909)

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CHAPTER 2. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE (6950-6954)

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DIVISION 7. POLITICAL PARTY ORGANIZATION AND CENTRAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

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PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (7000)

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PART 2. DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (7050)

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CHAPTER 2. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS (7100-7110)

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CHAPTER 3. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (7150-7152)

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CHAPTER 4. COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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PART 3. REPUBLICAN PARTY

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (7250)

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CHAPTER 2. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS (7300)

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CHAPTER 3. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (7350-7354)

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CHAPTER 4. COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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PART 4. AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (7500)

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CHAPTER 2. STATE CONVENTION

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CHAPTER 3. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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CHAPTER 4. COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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PART 5. PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (7700)

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CHAPTER 2. MEMBERS OF CENTRAL COMMITTEES

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CHAPTER 3. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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CHAPTER 4. COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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DIVISION 8. NOMINATIONS

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PART 1. PRIMARY ELECTION NOMINATIONS

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CHAPTER 1. DIRECT PRIMARY

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CHAPTER 2. JUDICIAL OFFICERS

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PART 2. INDEPENDENT NOMINATIONS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (8300-8304)

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CHAPTER 3. NOMINATION PAPERS (8400-8409)

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CHAPTER 4. CIRCULATORS (8451-8454)

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CHAPTER 5. ARRANGEMENT AND EXAMINATION OF NOMINATION PAPERS (8500-8504)

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CHAPTER 6. AFFIDAVIT OF CANDIDATE (8550)

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PART 3. WRITE-IN CANDIDATES

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL (8600-8606)

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CHAPTER 2. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS (8650-8653)

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CHAPTER 3. TERM LIMITS (8700)

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PART 4. WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATES: VACANCIES (8800-8811)

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DIVISION 9. MEASURES SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS

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CHAPTER 1. STATE ELECTIONS

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Article 1. Initiative and Referendum Petitions (9000-9018)

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Article 2. Petition Signatures (9020-9022)

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Article 3. Filing Petitions (9030-9035)

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Article 4. Measures Proposed by the Legislature (9040-9044)

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Article 5. Ballot Titles (9050-9054)

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Article 6. Arguments Concerning Measures Submitted to Voters (9060-9069)

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Article 7. Ballot Pamphlet (9080-9096)

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CHAPTER 2. COUNTY ELECTIONS

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Article 1. Initiative (9100-9126)

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Article 2. Referendum (9140-9147)

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Article 3. Arguments Concerning County Measures (9160-9168)

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Article 4. Mailings (9180)

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Article 5. Public Examinations (9190)

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CHAPTER 3. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

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Article 1. Initiative (9200-9226)

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Article 2. Referendum (9235-9247)

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Article 3. City or City and County Charters (9255-9269)

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Article 4. Arguments Concerning City Measures (9280-9287)

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Article 5. Mailings (9290)

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Article 6. Public Examination (9295)

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CHAPTER 4. DISTRICT ELECTIONS

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Article 1. Initiative (9300-9323)

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Article 2. Referendum (9340-9342)

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Article 3. Mailings (9360)

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Article 4. Public Examination (9380)

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CHAPTER 5. BOND ISSUES (9400-9405)

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CHAPTER 6. SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS (9500-9509)

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CHAPTER 7. GENERAL PROVISIONS (9600-9610)

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DIVISION 10. LOCAL, SPECIAL, VACANCY, AND CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS

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PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

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CHAPTER 1. VOTERS AND PROCEDURE (10000-10004)

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PART 2. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (10100-10104)

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CHAPTER 2. REGULATIONS GOVERNING ELECTIONS IN CITIES

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CHAPTER 3. EMERGENCY ELECTIONS IN CITIES (10300-10312)

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PART 3. CONSOLIDATION OF ELECTIONS (10400-10418)

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PART 4. UNIFORM DISTRICT ELECTION LAW (10500-10556)

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PART 5. SCHOOL DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD ELECTIONS (10600-10604)

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PART 6. ELECTIONS TO FILL VACANCIES

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CHAPTER 1. NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES AT SPECIAL ELECTIONS (10700-10707)

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CHAPTER 2. VACANCY IN SENATE (10720)

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CHAPTER 3. VACANCIES IN CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES CAUSED BY CATASTROPHE (10730-10735)

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DIVISION 11. RECALL ELECTIONS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROCEDURES: GENERAL PROVISIONS AND INITIAL STEPS IN THE RECALL

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Article 1. General Provisions (11000-11007)

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Article 2. The Notice of Intention, Statement, and Answer (11020-11024)

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Article 3. Recall Petition (11040-11047)

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CHAPTER 2. RECALL OF STATE OFFICERS: INTERMEDIATE STEPS IN THE RECALL (11100-11110)

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CHAPTER 3. RECALL OF LOCAL OFFICERS: INTERMEDIATE STEPS IN THE RECALL

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Article 1. General Provisions (11200-11201)

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Article 2. Recall Petitions (11220-11227)

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Article 3. The Recall Election (11240-11242)

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CHAPTER 4. GENERAL PROCEDURES: FINAL STEPS IN THE RECALL

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Article 1. General Provisions (11300-11303)

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Article 2. Ballots (11320-11327)

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Article 3. Elections in General (11328-11329)

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Article 4. Recall Elections (11381-11386)

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DIVISION 12. PREELECTION PROCEDURES

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CHAPTER 1. PROCLAMATIONS AND ELECTION ORDERS (12000-12001)

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CHAPTER 2. PREELECTION NOTICES (12101-12113)

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CHAPTER 3. PRECINCTS

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Article 1. General Provisions (12200)

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Article 2. Precinct Formation (12220-12225)

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Article 3. Precinct Consolidations (12241)

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Article 4. Precinct Boundary Changes (12260-12262)

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Article 5. Polling Places (12280-12288)

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CHAPTER 4. PRECINCT BOARDS

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Article 1. General Provisions (12300-12327)

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DIVISION 13. BALLOTS, SAMPLE BALLOTS, AND VOTER PAMPHLETS

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CHAPTER 1. PURCHASING PROCEDURES (13000-13006)

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CHAPTER 2. FORMS OF BALLOTS: BALLOT ORDER (13100-13121)

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CHAPTER 3. BALLOT PRINTING SPECIFICATIONS

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Article 1. General Provisions (13200-13220)

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Article 2. Allowable Changes in Ballot Format and Printing (13230-13233)

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Article 3. Vote Tabulating Devices (13240-13247)

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Article 4. Punchcards (13260-13267)

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Article 5. Voting Machines (13282-13289)

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CHAPTER 4. SAMPLE BALLOTS AND VOTER PAMPHLETS (13300-13317)

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DIVISION 14. ELECTION DAY PROCEDURES

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CHAPTER 1. PRIVILEGES OF VOTERS (14000-14003)

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CHAPTER 1.5. RIGHTS OF VOTERS (14025-14032)

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CHAPTER 2. PRECINCT SUPPLIES (14100-14113)

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CHAPTER 3. PROCEDURES AT POLLS

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Article 1. Election Day Posting Requirements (14200-14203)

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Article 2. Election Day Procedures (14210-14227)

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Article 3. Challenging a Voter (14240-14253)

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Article 4. Issuing Ballots and Voting (14270-14300)

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Article 5. Provisional Voting (14310-14313)

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CHAPTER 4. CLOSING OF THE POLLS

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Article 1. General Provisions (14400-14405)

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Article 2. Elections Using Voting Systems (14420-14421)

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Article 3. Return of Supplies to the Clerk (14430-14435)

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Article 4. Snap Tallies (14440-14443)

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DIVISION 15. SEMIFINAL OFFICIAL CANVASS, OFFICIAL CANVASS, RECOUNT, AND TIE VOTE PROCEDURES

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CHAPTER 1. PREPARATION FOR CANVASS (15000-15004)

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CHAPTER 2. VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT PROCESSING (15100-15112)

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CHAPTER 3. SEMIFINAL OFFICIAL CANVASS

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Article 1. General Provisions (15150-15154)

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Article 2. Automated Count in a Central Location (15200-15213)

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Article 3. Automated Vote Count in Precincts (15250-15251)

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Article 4. Establishing Election Return Centers and Multiple Counting Centers (15260-15261)

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Article 5. Manual Vote Count in the Precinct (15270-15281)

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Article 6. Manual Vote Count in a Central Place (15290)

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CHAPTER 4. OFFICIAL CANVASS

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Article 1. General Provisions (15300-15304)

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Article 2. Processing Vote by Mail Ballots and Mail Ballot Precinct Ballots (15320-15321)

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Article 3. Processing Write-In Votes (15340-15342)

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Article 4. Processing and Counting Provisional Ballots (15350)

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Article 5. One Percent Manual Tally (15360)

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Article 6. Ballot Security and Reporting of Results (15370-15376)

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CHAPTER 5. ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS (15400-15402)

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CHAPTER 6. DETERMINATION OF ELECTED OR NOMINATED CANDIDATES

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Article 1. General Provisions (15450-15452)

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Article 2. Democratic Central Committee Conditions for Election of Candidate (15460)

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Article 3. Republican Central Committee Conditions for Election of Candidate (15470)

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Article 4. American Independent Central Committee Conditions for Election of Candidate (15480)

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Article 5. Peace and Freedom Central Committee Conditions for Election of Candidate (15490)

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CHAPTER 7. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE (15500-15505)

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CHAPTER 8. DISPOSITION OF BALLOTS AND SUPPLIES BY THE ELECTIONS OFFICIAL (15550-15551)

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CHAPTER 8.5. POSTCANVASS RISK-LIMITING AUDIT PILOT PROGRAM (15560)

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CHAPTER 9. RECOUNT

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Article 1. General Provisions (15600-15601)

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Article 2. Elections Official-Ordered Recounts (15610)

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Article 3. Voter-Requested Recounts (15620-15634)

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Article 4. Court-Ordered Recounts (15640-15642)

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CHAPTER 10. TIE VOTES

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Article 1. Elections Other than Primary Elections (15650-15654)

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Article 2. At Primary Elections (15670-15673)

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CHAPTER 11. EXTENSION OF DEADLINES (15700-15702)

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DIVISION 16. ELECTIONS CONTESTS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (16000-16003)

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CHAPTER 2. GROUNDS FOR CONTEST (16100-16101)

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CHAPTER 3. CONTESTS AT GENERAL ELECTIONS (16200-16204)

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CHAPTER 4. CONTESTS AT PRIMARY ELECTIONS (16300)

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CHAPTER 5. FORM OF CONTEST STATEMENT

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Article 1. General Elections (16400-16404)

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Article 2. Primary Elections (16420-16421)

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Article 3. Contests Other than Recount (16440-16444)

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Article 4. Contests Involving a Recount (16460-16467)

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CHAPTER 6. ELECTIONS OFFICIAL'S DUTIES

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Article 1. Contest Procedures at General Elections (16500-16503)

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Article 2. Contest Procedures at Primary Elections: Contests Other Than Recount (16520-16521)

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Article 3. Contest Procedures at Primary Elections: Involving a Recount (16540)

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CHAPTER 7. COURT'S DUTIES

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Article 1. General Elections (16600-16603)

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Article 2. Primary Elections: Contests Other than Recount (16620)

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Article 3. Primary Elections: Contests Involving a Recount (16640-16643)

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CHAPTER 8. COURT'S DECISIONS, JUDGMENT, AND DETERMINATIONS

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Article 1. General Elections (16700-16703)

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Article 2. Primary Elections: Other than Recount (16720)

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Article 3. Primary Elections: Involving a Recount (16740-16742)

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CHAPTER 9. COSTS (16800-16803)

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CHAPTER 10. APPEALS

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Article 1. General Elections (16900)

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Article 2. Primary Elections: Other than a Recount (16920)

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Article 3. Primary Elections: Involving a Recount (16940)

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DIVISION 17. RETENTION AND PRESERVATION OF ELECTION RECORDS

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CHAPTER 1. AFFIDAVITS OF REGISTRATION AND VOTER REGISTRATION INDEXES (17000-17001)

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CHAPTER 2. NOMINATION DOCUMENTS (17100)

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CHAPTER 3. INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PETITIONS (17200)

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CHAPTER 4. PRECINCT SUPPLIES AND BALLOTS (17300-17306)

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CHAPTER 5. RECALL PETITIONS (17400)

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CHAPTER 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS (17501-17506)

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DIVISION 18. PENAL PROVISIONS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (18000-18002)

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CHAPTER 2. VOTER REGISTRATION (18100-18112)

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CHAPTER 3. NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES (18200-18205)

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CHAPTER 4. ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

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Article 1. Campaign Literature (18301-18304)

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Article 2. Political Party Caucuses (18310-18311)

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Article 3. Deceptive Online Activities (18320-18323)

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Article 4. Political Meetings (18340)

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Article 5. Misrepresentation by Candidates (18350-18351)

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Article 6. Solicitation of Funds (18360-18361)

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Article 7. Electioneering (18370-18371)

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Article 8. Vandalism at Polling Places (18380)

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Article 9. Misuse of State Publications (18390)

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CHAPTER 5. BALLOTS (18400-18403)

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CHAPTER 6. CORRUPTION OF THE VOTING PROCESS

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Article 1. General Provisions (18500-18502)

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Article 2. Corruption of Voters (18520-18524)

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Article 3. Intimidation of Voters (18540-18548)

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Article 4. Corruption of Voting (18560-18578)

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CHAPTER 7. INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL

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Article 1. Improper Signature-Gathering Tactics (18600-18604)

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Article 2. False or Ineligible Signatures on Petition (18610-18614)

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Article 3. Improper Payments to Prevent Petition Circulation and Filing (18620-18622)

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Article 4. Threats and Theft to Prevent Petition Circulation and Filing (18630-18631)

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Article 5. Refusal of Circulators to Turn in Petitions (18640)

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Article 6. Misuse of Signatures on Petition (18650)

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Article 7. False Affidavits Concerning Petitions (18660-18661)

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Article 8. Filing Petitions to Defeat an Initiative or Referendum (18670-18671)

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Article 9. Misuse of Campaign Funds (18680)

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CHAPTER 8. OBLIGATIONS OF PRECINCT BOARD (18700)

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DIVISION 19. APPROVAL OF VOTING SYSTEMS

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (19001-19005)

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CHAPTER 2. SECRETARY OF STATE REQUIREMENTS (19100-19103)

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CHAPTER 3. APPROVAL OF VOTING SYSTEMS

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Article 1. Procedures for Approval of Voting Systems (19200-19217)

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Article 2. Inspection of Approved Voting Systems (19220-19223)

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Article 2.5. Accessible Voting Systems (19225-19229.5)

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Article 3. Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2002 (Shelley-Hertzberg Act) (19230-19245)

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Article 4. Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems (19250-19255)

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CHAPTER 4. ELECTIONS USING VOTING MACHINES

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Article 1. General Provisions (19300-19304)

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Article 2. Pre-election Procedures (19320-19323)

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Article 3. Precincts and Board Members (19340-19341)

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Article 4. Procedures at the Polls (19360-19363)

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Article 5. Closing the Polls (19370-19371)

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Article 6. Counting Procedures (19380-19386)

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DIVISION 20. ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

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CHAPTER 1. ENDORSEMENTS OF CANDIDATES (20000-20010)

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CHAPTER 2. POLITICAL CORPORATIONS

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Article 1. Incorporation (20100)

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CHAPTER 3. CAMPAIGN FUNDS

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Article 1. Solicitation (20200-20203)

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CHAPTER 4. LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF SURPLUS CAMPAIGN FUNDS (20301)

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CHAPTER 5. FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

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Article 1. General Intent (20400)

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Article 2. Definitions (20420)

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Article 3. Code of Fair Campaign Practices (20440-20444)

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CHAPTER 6. LIBEL AND SLANDER (20500-20502)

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DIVISION 21. STATE AND LOCAL REAPPORTIONMENT

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS (21000-21002)

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CHAPTER 2. SENATE DISTRICTS (21100-21140)

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CHAPTER 3. ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS (21200-21280)

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CHAPTER 4. BOARD OF EQUALIZATION DISTRICTS (21300-21304)

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CHAPTER 5. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS (21400-21453)

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CHAPTER 6. SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICTS (21500-21506)

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CHAPTER 7. CITY ELECTIONS

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Article 1. General Law Cities (21600-21606)

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Article 2. Chartered Cities (21620-21620.1)

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CHAPTER 8. SPECIAL DISTRICTS (22000)

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