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California Laws | Election Code

8501. For all nominations of candidates to be voted for in more than one county or throughout the state, the nomination papers, properly assembled, may be fastened together by counties, but in no case shall nomination papers signed by voters of different counties be fastened together. (2839)

8502. Nomination papers shall be left with the county elections official for examination and filed by him or her pursuant to the time limitations set forth in Section 8403. (2840)

8503. The county elections official shall examine all nomination papers left with him or her for filing or for examination and shall disregard and mark "not sufficient" any name appearing on them which does not appear in the same handwriting on an affidavit of registration in his or her office made on or before the date when the name was signed. (2841)

8504. Within 24 days after any nomination papers are left for examination, the county elections official shall examine them and prepare a certificate reciting that he or she has examined them, and stating the number of names which have not been marked "not sufficient." The certificate shall be forwarded immediately to the Secretary of State for those offices that are certified by the Secretary of State. (2842)


8550. At least 88 days prior to the election, each candidate shall leave with the officer with whom his or her nomination papers are required to be left, a declaration of candidacy which states all of the following: (2844)

(a) The candidate's residence, with street and number, if any. (2845)

(b) That the candidate is a voter in the precinct in which he or she resides. (2846)

(c) The name of the office for which he or she is a candidate. (2847)

(d) That the candidate will not withdraw as a candidate before the election. (2848)

(e) That, if elected, the candidate will qualify for the office. (2849)

The name of a candidate shall not be placed on the ballot unless the declaration of candidacy provided for in this section has been properly filed. (2850)


CHAPTER 1. GENERAL (8600-8606) (2852)(Text)

8600. Every person who desires to be a write-in candidate and have his or her name as written on the ballot of an election counted for a particular office shall file: (2853)

(a) A statement of write-in candidacy that contains the following information: (2854)

(1) Candidate's name. (2855)

(2) Residence address. (2856)

(3) A declaration stating that he or she is a write-in candidate. (2857)

(4) The title of the office for which he or she is running. (2858)

(5) The party nomination which he or she seeks, if running in a partisan primary election. (2859)

(6) The date of the election. (2860)

(b) The requisite number of signatures on the nomination papers, if any, required pursuant to Sections 8062, 10220, 10510 or, in the case of a special district not subject to the Uniform District Election Law (Part 4 (commencing with Section 10500) of Division 10), the number of signatures required by the principal act of the district. (2861)

8601. The statement and nomination papers shall be available on the 57th day prior to the election for which the candidate is filing as a write-in candidate, and shall be delivered to the elections official responsible for the conduct of the election no later than the 14th day prior to the election. (2862)

8602. The nomination papers for a write-in candidate shall be substantially in the same form as set forth in Section 8041. (2863)

8603. Signers of nomination papers for write-in candidates shall be voters in the district or political subdivision in which the candidate is to be voted on. In addition, if the candidate is seeking a party nomination for an office, the signers shall also be affiliated with the party whose nomination is sought. (2864)

8604. No fee or charge shall be required of a write-in candidate except in the case of a candidate for city office, as provided in Section 10228. (2865)

8605. No person whose name has been written in upon a ballot for an office at the direct primary may have his or her name placed upon the ballot as a candidate for that office for the ensuing general election unless one of the following is applicable: (2866)

(a) At that direct primary he or she received for a partisan office votes equal in number to 1 percent of all votes cast for the office at the last preceding general election at which the office was filled. In the case of an office that has not appeared on the ballot since its creation, the requisite number of votes shall equal 1 percent of the number of all votes cast for the office that had the least number of votes in the most recent general election in the jurisdiction in which the write-in candidate is seeking office. (2867)

(b) He or she is an independent nominee for a partisan office pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 8300). (2868)

(c) At that direct primary he or she received for a voter-nominated office the highest number of votes cast for that office or the second highest number of votes cast for that office, except as provided by subdivision (b) of Section 8142 or Section 8807. (2869)

8606. A person whose name has been written on the ballot as a write-in candidate at the general election for a voter-nominated office shall not be counted. (2870)

CHAPTER 2. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS (8650-8653) (2871)(Text)

8650. Any group of individuals, equal in number to the number of presidential electors to which this state is entitled, who desire to be write-in candidates for presidential electors pledged to a particular candidate for President and Vice President of the United States shall file a declaration of write-in candidacy. (2872)

8651. The declaration of write-in candidacy for presidential elector shall contain the following information: (2873)

(a) Candidate's name. (2874)

(b) Residence address. (2875)

(c) A declaration stating that he or she is a write-in candidate for the office of presidential elector. (2876)

(d) Oath or affirmation as set forth in Section 3 of Article XX of the California Constitution. (2877)

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