November 2012 General Election Calendar

April 27, 2012
through
August 10, 2012
(E-193 – 88)

INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR CANDIDATES – NOMINATION PAPERS: Period in which independent Presidential Elector candidates shall circulate nomination papers to obtain signatures and submit them to the county elections official for examination.
§ 8403(a)(2)

 

June 11, 2012
(E-148)

GOVERNOR’S PROCLAMATION: By this date, the Governor shall issue a proclamation calling the General Election and shall state the time of the election and the offices to be filled.
§ 12000

June 29, 2012
(E-130)

CONSOLIDATION OF ELECTIONS – SCHOOLS – NOTICE: Last day for the County Superintendent of Schools to notify governing boards in writing that a consolidated election is required to be held. Applies when there are two or more school districts of any type in the same area.
Ed. §§ 5323, 5340

July 4, 2012*
(E-125)

BOUNDARY MAP: Last day for secretary of special district to file with the Registrar of Voters a map showing the boundaries of the district and the divisions, if any, and a statement indicating in which divisions a director is to be elected and whether the directors will be elected at large or by division.
§ 10522

July 4, 2012*
(E-125)

NOTICE OF ELECTIVE OFFICES: District Secretary’s transmittal form must be filed with the Registrar of Voters by this date. The notice shall bear the secretary’s signature and the district seal and must contain:

  • The elective offices of the district to be filled at the next general district election.

(b) Whether the district or the candidate is to pay for the publication of a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications pursuant to Elections Code Section 13307.
§ 10509

July 6, 2012
(E-123)

SPECIFICATIONS OF ELECTION ORDER: At least 123 days before the election, the governing board of the school district shall, by resolution delivered to the County Superintendent of Schools and the Registrar of Voters, indicating: (a) The date of the election; (b) The purpose of the election.
Ed. §§ 5320, 5322

July 9, 2012
(E-120)

DELIVER NOTICE OF ELECTION TO THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS: At least 120 days prior to the date of the election, the County Superintendent of Schools shall deliver to the Registrar of Voters, copies of the Order of Election and the formal Notice of Election.
Ed. §§ 5324, 5325, 5361

July 9, 2012
through
August 8, 2012
(E-120 – 90)

NOTICE OF ELECTION: The Registrar of Voters must publish once in a newspaper of general circulation the Notice of Election. The notice shall contain the date of the election; the offices for which candidates may be nominated; the qualifications for each office; when and where Nomination Papers may be obtained; and that appointment to each elective office will be made as prescribed by Elections Code Section 10515 in the event there are no nominees or an insufficient number of nominees for such office and a petition for an election is not filed within the time period prescribed by Elections Code Section 10515.

The Registrar of Voters shall deliver a copy of the published notice to each special district secretary, who shall post it.

§§ 12112, 12113, Ed. §§ 5361, 536

July 9, 2012
through
August 8, 2012
(E-120 -- 90)

GENERAL PRESS RELEASE: Between these dates, the Registrar of Voters shall issue a general press release which shall set forth the district elective offices to be filled and a telephone number that voters may use to obtain information.
§ 12112

July 16, 2012
through
August 10, 2012
(E-113 -- 88)

NOMINATION PERIOD: Declaration of Candidacy forms for all school and special district offices may be obtained from and must be filed with the Registrar of Voters’ office from July 16, 2012 through August 10, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
§§ 10510, 10603  

EXCEPTION: If an incumbent who is eligible for reelection fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy by August 10, 2012, the filing period is extended to August 15, 2012 for all qualified persons other than the incumbent.
§§ 10516, 10604

July 16, 2012
through
August 10, 2012
(E-113 -- 88)

SCHOOL AND SPECIAL DISTRICT CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS: Each candidate may prepare a statement on a form provided by the Registrar of Voters.

The statement may contain no more than 200 words, unless the governing body of the local agency has authorized the statement to contain 400 words. The statement must be filed at the same time the Declaration of Candidacy is filed. The statement may be withdrawn, but not changed, during the nomination period and until 5:00 p.m. of the next working day after the close of the nomination period.
§ 13307

If the nomination period is extended because an incumbent eligible for reelection failed to file a Declaration of Candidacy, candidates filing during the extended filing period may file a Candidate’s Statement. The next working day after the close of the extended filing period for the office is the last day that a Candidate’s Statement may be withdrawn. A Candidate’s Statement may not be changed.
§§ 10516,
10604, 13307(a)(3)

CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS MAY MAKE NO REFERENCE TO ANOTHER CANDIDATE: In addition to the restrictions set forth in Section 13307, any Candidate’s Statement submitted pursuant to Section 13307 shall be limited to a recitation of the candidate’s own personal background and qualifications, and shall not in any way make reference to other candidates for that office or to another candidate’s qualifications, character, or activities. The elections official shall not cause to be printed or circulated any statement that the elections official determines is not so limited or that includes any reference prohibited by this section.
§ 13308

The Registrar of Voters will estimate the total cost of printing and handling the Candidates’ Statements and will require each candidate filing a statement to pay in advance his/her estimated pro rata share as a condition of having his/her statement included in the voter’s pamphlet. This amount must be paid at the time the Candidate’s Statement is filed. If there is an underpayment, the candidate shall be required to pay the balance of the cost incurred. Overpayments will be refunded within 30 days of the election. In the case of a candidate’s contest not going on the ballot, the payment will be refunded.
§ 13307

The Candidate’s Statement is confidential until after the expiration of the filing period. Copies of all Candidates’ Statements will be available for public inspection at the Registrar of Voters’ office for 10 days prior to being submitted for printing.
§§ 13311,
13313

July 16, 2012
through
August 10, 2012
(E-113 -- 88)

LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT IN COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOT: During this period, legislative candidates may purchase space for a 250-word Candidate Statement in the official sample ballot(s) of the county or counties in the jurisdiction. Candidates may purchase statement space only if they have agreed to voluntary expenditure limits.
Gov’t §§ 85601, 13307

July 16, 2012
through
August 10, 2012
(E-113 -- 88)

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT IN COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOT: During this period, congressional candidates may purchase space for a 250-word Candidate Statement in the official sample ballot(s) of the county or counties in the jurisdiction. Congressional candidates do not need to voluntarily agree to expenditure limits to prepare a Candidate Statement.
Gov’t §§ 85601, 13307

July 31, 2012
(E-98)

CHANGE OF CANDIDATE’S DESIGNATION ON BALLOT: The last day that any candidate may request in writing a different ballot designation than that used at the Primary Election. This written request should be made to both the Secretary of State and the Registrar of Voters.
§ 13107

July 31, 2012
(E-98)

SEMI-ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE:
The last day to file semi-annual campaign disclosure statements by all elected officers, candidates, and committees for the period of January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012.
Gov’t §§ 84200, 84218

August 10, 2012
(E-88)

LAST DAY TO REQUEST CONSOLIDATION OF ELECTION WITH GENERAL ELECTION: Resolution requesting consolidation with General Election must be filed no later than this date.
§ 10403,
Ed. § 5342

Last day for school and special districts’ measure documents to be filed with the Registrar of Voters’ office, including the Resolution to consolidate the election, the Text, Impartial Analysis, Fiscal Impact Statement, Bond Project List, and Direct Arguments.

Last day for city clerks to file municipal measure documents with the Registrar of Voters’ office, including the Text, Impartial Analysis, Fiscal Impact Statement, Bond Project List, and Direct Arguments.

August 10, 2012
(E-88)

DEADLINE – FILING OF DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY AND CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS: Last day to file Declarations of Candidacy and Candidates’ Statements of Qualifications with the Registrar of Voters.
§§ 10510, 10603, 13307

EXCEPTION: If the filing period is extended because the incumbent failed to file a Declaration of Candidacy, the deadline is extended until August 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
§§ 10516, 10604

August 10, 2012
(E-88)

INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR CANDIDATES – NOMINATION PAPERS FILING DEADLINE: No later than 5:00 p.m. on this day, all independent Presidential Elector candidates must deliver to the county elections official for filing their Nomination Papers.
§ 8403(a)(2)

August 10, 2012
(E-88)

LAST DAY FOR SCHOOL AND SPECIAL DISTRICT CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW: No candidate shall withdraw his/her Declaration of Candidacy after 5:00 p.m. on the 88 th day prior to the election unless the filing period has been extended until the 83 rd day, in which case a candidate has until August 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m. to withdraw.
§§ 10510, 10516, 10603, 10604

August 11, 2012
(Saturday)
through
August 20, 2012
(E-87 -- 78)

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR BALLOT DESIGNATIONS AND CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS, AND COUNTYWIDE MEASURE DOCUMENTS: During this period, Candidates’ Statements of Qualifications, Ballot Designations, and countywide, school districts, and special districts’ measure Text, Impartial Analysis, Tax Rate Statement (if any), Fiscal Impact Statement (if any), Bond Project List (if any), and Direct Arguments will be available for public examination at the Registrar of Voters office, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be posted on the Registrar of Voters’ website.
§§ 9190, 9380,
13313

August 11, 2012
through
August 15, 2012
(E-87 -- 83)

EXTENSION OF FILING PERIOD IF INCUMBENT FAILS TO FILE: If an incumbent, eligible for reelection, fails to file his/her Declaration of Candidacy by August 10, 2012, there is a 5-day extension allowed for any person other than the incumbent to file for such office.

NOTE: There is no extension of the filing period for any office where there is no incumbent eligible to be elected.

§§ 10516, 10604

August 15, 2012
(E-83)

PETITION TO HOLD ELECTION: Last day, if nominees do not exceed offices to be filled, to file with the Registrar of Voters a petition requesting the election to be held. Petition must be signed by 10% of the voters or 50 voters, whichever is the smaller number, in the district or division.
§ 10515, Ed. § 5326

August 15, 2012
(E-83)

POLITICAL PARTY ENDORSEMENTS: Last day for any qualified political party to submit to the county elections official a list of all candidates for voter-nominated office who will appear on any ballot in the county, and who have been endorsed by the party. The county elections official shall print the list in the County Sample Ballot Pamphlet.
§ 13302(b)

August 16, 2012
through
August 24, 2012
(E-82 -- 74)

PUBLIC REVIEW OF CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR EXTENDED FILING PERIOD: Public review period for Candidates’ Statements of Qualifications and Ballot Designations filed during extended filing period.
§ 13313

August 16, 2012
(E-82)
(11:00 a.m.)

RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING: On this day, the Secretary of State shall conduct a drawing of the letters of the alphabet, the result of which shall be known as the randomized alphabet, to determine the order in which candidates appear on the General Election ballot. The Registrar of Voters shall also conduct a drawing of the letters of the alphabet to determine the ballot order for candidates for legislative offices when the district includes more than one county.
§§ 13111(i) 13112

August 30, 2012
(E-68)

DEATH OF A CANDIDATE: Last day for the Registrar of Voters to remove a deceased candidate’s name from the General Election ballot.
§ 8810

August 30, 2012
(E-68)

CERTIFIED LIST OF CANDIDATES AND ROTATION LIST: The last day for the Secretary of State to certify and send to each county elections official a list by public office showing the name, party preference (or lack of party preference), and ballot designation of every person who has received the nomination as a candidate for public office and is entitled to receive votes within the county at the General Election.
§ 8148

September 7, 2012
(E-60)

SPECIAL ABSENTEE VOTERS’ BALLOT APPLICATIONS: The first day the county elections official may process applications for special absentee voters’ ballots (Federal Post Card Applications). Any applications received by the county elections official prior to this day shall be kept and processed on or after this date. If the applicant is not a resident of the county to which he or she has applied, the elections official receiving the application shall forward it immediately to the proper county. NOTE: A request for a vote-by mail ballot from a special absentee voter will be deemed an affidavit of registration and an application for permanent vote-by-mail status.
§§ 300(b), 3100, 3103

September 7, 2012
through
November 6, 2012
(E-60 -- 0)

LIST OF VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTERS: First day CD-ROMs are available for purchase indicating all voters who have been issued a vote-by-mail ballot.

September 10, 2012
through
October 23, 2012
(E-57 -- 14)

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES: First day Statement of Write-in Candidacy is available for a write-in candidate. Must be filed by October 23, 2012, 5:00 p.m. There are no write-in candidates allowed for voter-nominated contests in the General Election .
§ 8601

 

September 22, 2012
(E-45)
(Date fixed by law)

MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS’ BALLOTS: Last day for the county elections official to mail ballots to absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters.
42 U.S.C § 1973ff-1 (MOVE Act)

September 27, 2012
through
October 16, 2012
(E-40 -- 21)

STATE AND COUNTY MAILINGS: Between these dates, State Voter Information Guides will be mailed directly to voters by the Secretary of State and the Registrar of Voters will mail County Sample Ballot Pamphlets.
§§ 9094, 13303

 

October 5, 2012
(E-32)
(Date fixed by law)

FIRST PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE: The last day to file campaign disclosure statements for candidates and committees covering the period of July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Gov’t §§ 84200.5, 84200.7(b)

October 8, 2012
(E-29)

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION AND STILL BE MAILED A SAMPLE BALLOT PAMPHLET: Voters registering after October 8, 2012 will NOT be mailed a Sample Ballot Pamphlet.
§§ 9094, 13300(c), 13303

October 8, 2012
through
October 30, 2012
(E-29 -- 7)

VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTING: Applications for vote-by-mail ballots available during this period from the Registrar of Voters. Applications must be received by the Registrar of Voters by October 30, 2012.
§§ 3001, 3003, 3006

 

October 21, 2012
through
November 5, 2012
(E-16 -- 1)

LATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION REPORTING PERIOD: Contributions received of $1,000 or more per source must be reported within 24 hours during this period.
Gov’t § 84203

 

October 22, 2012
(E-15)

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GENERAL ELECTION: Last day to register to vote in the General Election. The Voter Registration Affidavit shall be mailed (postmarked by this date) or delivered to the county elections official by this date and is effective upon receipt. The Voter Registration Affidavit may also be submitted by this date to the Department of Motor Vehicles or any National Voter Registration Act designated agency. Last day for special absentee voters to complete and sign the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registering to vote and requesting an absent voter ballot and to send it to the county elections official. NOTE: A request for a vote-by-mail ballot from a special absentee voter will be deemed an affidavit of registration and an application for permanent absent voter status. When a county elections official receives and approves an FPCA from a special absentee voter, the official must provide that voter with vote-by-mail ballots for each subsequent election for federal office in the state unless the voter fails to vote in four consecutive statewide general elections.
42 U.S.C. § 1973ff; §§ 300(b), 2102, 2107, 3206

October 23, 2012
through
November 6, 2012
(E-14 -- 0)

NEW CITIZEN REGISTRATION PERIOD: A new citizen is eligible to register and vote at the office of, or at another location designated by, the county elections official at any time beginning on October 23, 2012 (14 days prior to the election) and ending at the close of polls on November 6, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
§§ 331, 3500

A new citizen registering to vote after the close of registration shall provide the county elections official with proof of citizenship prior to voting and shall declare that he or she has established residency in California.
§§ 331, 3500, 3501

The ballots of new citizens shall be received and canvassed at the same time and under the same procedure as vote-by-mail voter ballots.
§ 3502

October 23, 2012
through
October 30, 2012
(E-14 -- 7)

NEW RESIDENT REGISTRATION PERIOD: Any person who becomes a new resident after October 22, 2012 (15 days prior to the election), may register to vote beginning on October 23, 2012 (14 days prior to the election), and ending October 30, 2012 (7 days prior to the election). This registration must be executed in the county elections office and the new resident shall vote a new resident’s ballot in that office. A new resident is eligible to vote for only president and vice president.
§§ 332, 3400

The ballots of new residents shall be received and canvassed at the same time and under the same procedure as vote-by-mail ballots.
§ 3405

October 23, 2012
(E-14)

DEADLINE FOR WRITE-IN CANDIDATES TO FILE: Last day for a write-in candidate to file a statement of write-in candidacy and a Declaration of Candidacy with the Registrar of Voters by 5:00 p.m.
§ 8601

October 25, 2012
(E-12)

SECOND PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE: The last day to file campaign disclosure statements for candidates and committees covering the period of October 1, 2012 through October 20, 2012.
Gov’t §§ 84200.5, 84200.7(b)

October 31, 2012
through
November 5, 2012
(E-6 -- 1)

SPECIAL ABSENTEE VOTER – RECALLED TO MILITARY SERVICE: A registered special absentee voter recalled to service after October 30, 2012, but before 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2012 , may appear before the county elections official in the county in which he/she is registered, or, if within the state, in the county in which he/she is recalled to service and apply for a vote-by-mail ballot which may be submitted by facsimile or email. The vote-by-mail ballot may be voted at the Registrar of Voters’ office or voted outside the office on or before the close of the polls on the Election Day and returned as are other vote-by-mail ballots. To be counted, the ballot must be returned to the Registrar of Voters’ office in person, by facsimile transmission, or by an authorized person on or before the close of the polls on the day of the election.

If the special absentee voter appears in the county in which he/she is recalled to service, rather than the county to which he/she is registered, the elections official shall coordinate with the elections official in the county in which the special absentee voter is registered to provide the vote-by-mail ballot that contains the appropriate measures and races for the precinct in which the special absentee voter is registered.
§ 3110

October 31, 2012
through
November 6, 2012
(E-6 -- 0)

VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTING – LATE CONDITIONS (EMERGENCY VOTING): During this period vote-by-mail ballots are available when a voter’s condition prevents voting at a polling place. Written application signed under penalty of perjury is required unless the absent voter’s ballot is voted in the Registrar of Voters’ office. The voter may designate any authorized representative to return the voted vote-by-mail ballot. Emergency voting ballots may not be mailed.
§ 3021

November 6, 2012
(E-0)

ELECTION DAY: Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m . Ballots will be centrally counted at the Registrar of Voters’ office.
§§ 1000, 14212, 15260

November 6, 2012
(E-0)

VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTER BALLOTS RETURNED: Deadline for the Registrar of Voters to receive vote-by-mail ballots by mail or in person is November 6, 2012, 8:00 p.m. A voter may deliver his/her vote-by-mail ballot in person to any polling place in the county by the close of the polls on Election Day. If a vote-by-mail voter who, because of illness or other physical disability, is unable to return the ballot, he/she may designate his/her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household to return the ballot.

Last day a special absentee voter who is temporarily living outside of the United States (or is called for military service within the United States on or after October 30, 2012) may return his/her ballot by facsimile transmission. To be counted, the ballot returned by facsimile transmission must be received by the elections official no later than Election Day, 8:00 p.m. and must be accompanied by an identification envelope and a signed waiver of a right to a secret ballot.
§§ 3017, 3020, 3103.5, 14212

November 6, 2012
(E-0)

SEMI-FINAL OFFICIAL CANVASS OF ELECTION RETURNS:
Beginning at 8:00 p.m. and continuously until completed, the Registrar of Voters will conduct the semi-final official canvass of votes and report totals to the Secretary of State.
§§ 15150, 15151

November 6, 2012
(E-0)

SPECIAL ABSENTEE VOTERS: Any registered special absentee voter who has returned to their county of registration on or before this day, and to whom a vote-by-mail ballot has been mailed but not voted, may apply for a second vote-by-mail ballot. The elections official shall require him/her to sign an authorization to cancel the vote-by-mail ballot previously issued, and shall then issue another vote-by-mail ballot to the voter, or certify to the precinct board that the voter is eligible to vote in the precinct polling place of his/her residence.
§ 3108

Last day an unregistered special absentee voter who was released from service after the close of registration and who has returned to his/her county of residence may apply in person to register with the county elections official and vote in the election.

Documentary proof of release from military service is required. On or before Election Day, the county elections official shall deliver to the precinct board a list of special absentee voters registered under Elections Code section 3107.
§ 3107

Last day a special absentee voter who returned to the county after October 30, 2012 may appear before the county elections official and make application for registration, a vote-by-mail ballot, or both. The county elections official shall register the voter, if not registered, and shall deliver a vote-by-mail ballot which may be voted in or outside the county elections official’s office on or before the close of the polls on the day of election and returned as are other voted vote-by-mail ballots.
§ 3109

November 7, 2012
(E+1)

COMMENCE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF ELECTION RETURNS: The Registrar of Voters will commence canvassing votes.
§§ 10547, 15301

November 16, 2012
(E+10)

PROVISIONAL BALLOTS OF EMERGENCY WORKERS:
On or before November 16, 2012, a provisional ballot cast by an emergency worker outside of his or her home precinct must be received by the county elections official where the voter is registered. The elections official, in a county included in the executive order declaring the emergency, shall transmit for processing any ballot cast not later than the close of polls on Election Day by an emergency worker in a declared state of emergency, including any materials necessary to process the ballot, to the elections official in the county where the voter is registered to vote. § 14313

December 4, 2012
(E+28)

COMPLETE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF RETURNS AND CERTIFY RESULTS BY THIS DATE: No later that this date, the county elections official must complete the canvass, certify its results, and submit it to the Board of Supervisors.
§ 15372

December 4, 2012
(E+28)

CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION: After the Board of Supervisors declares the results of the election, the Registrar of Voters shall make and deliver to each person elected a certificate of election signed by the Registrar of Voters.
§§ 15372, 15401

December 7, 2012
(E+31)

DATE OF TAKING OFFICE: Elected School Board Members take office on the first Friday in December after the General Election.
Ed. § 5017

Special district officers, elected or appointed, take office at noon on the first Friday in December after the General Election, after taking the official oath and executing such bond as may be required.
§ 10554

December 17, 2012
(E+41)

ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONVENES: At this time and date, the Presidential Electors shall assemble at the State Capitol to vote by separate ballot for that person for President and that person for Vice President of the United States who are, respectively, the candidates of the political party which they represent. These votes are mailed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.
U.S. Const., §§ 6904, 6906-6908

January 7, 2013
(E+62)

DATE OF TAKING OFFICE : Elected County officers take office at noon on the first Monday after January 1 st succeeding their election.
Gov’t § 24200

January 31, 2013
(E+86)

SEMI-ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE: Last day to file semi-annual campaign disclosure statements for all candidates and committees for the period from October 21, 2012 through December 31, 2012 .
Gov’t §§ 84200, 84212

 

*If date falls on a Sunday or holiday, use next business day.