Legal Election Documents

Legal Notice
The legal notice will explain to you the basic information pertaining to the election, including the election date, offices for which candidates can file, location for filing candidate documents, and where the votes will be counted. 

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Secretary of State Random Draw
A critical tool to determine the order of candidates on the ballot is the Secretary of State’s random draw. The result of the random drawing of the alphabet will be used for the placement of 2012 Primary Election candidates running for the offices of Member of the Board of Supervisors, Member of the Board of Education, Member of the Party Central Committee, and Members of the State Senate and State Assembly (districts contained wholly within one county).

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Orange County Random Draw
The random draw conducted by the Orange County Registrar of Voters will determine the order of 2012 Primary Election candidates running for the offices of Members of the State Senate and State Assembly when the district is located within more than one county. 

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Rotation of Candidates’ Names on the Ballot
Some contests do not use the random draw to decide the placement of candidates on the ballot.  For United States President/Vice President, Member of the United States Senate, Member of Congress, and Judge of the Superior Court, a rotation process is used. 

Campaign Disclosure Filing Schedule for County Offices
Candidates running for Orange County offices must file campaign disclosure reports with the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office during and after the campaign. 

Review this schedule to ensure you make all of the deadlines. 


Campaign Disclosure Filing Schedule for Offices, Other than County and Federal

Candidates running for offices, other than federal and county, must file campaign disclosure reports with the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office during and after the campaign.

Review the schedule to ensure you do not miss any of these important dates.