FAQs for Candidates and Local Measures

FAQs for Candidates and Local Measures
  • Please don’t rely solely on this information. You may receive more detailed information from your legal counsel or the Registrar of Voters (ROV) office
  • Also you may check the Candidate’s Filing Guide, which is issued before each election
  • Before each election the California Fair Political Practices Commission staff conducts a seminar on state and local campaign disclosure requirements. Please check with them or us for date and location

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  • How do I get a statement in the Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet?
  • How do I comply with financial disclosure regulations?

    You will receive an informational packet from the ROV that includes instructions and forms.

  • Is there someone I can call for more information?

    Candidate Filing and Financial/Campaign Disclosure (858) 505-7260
    Vote by Mail (858) 565-5800
    Election Day & Night (858) 565-5800
    Precincts/Polls (858) 565-5800
    Voter Registration (858) 565-5800

  • May I pay the fees by credit card?

    Yes, but there will be an additional 2.70% charge. Please call (858) 505-7260 for more information.

  • What is a Top Two Primary Election?
    • In June 2010, California voters approved a change to the election process for congressional, statewide and state legislative contests
    • Previously we voted for candidates from political parties and the top vote-getter from each of the parties advanced to the general election
    • Under the new law, the two candidates who receive the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation
    • All voters may select any candidate in a primary election regardless of the voter's or candidate's party preference
    • Now the top two candidates run against each other in the general election even if they are from the same political party
    • This law does not affect the election of the U.S. President or county central committee offices.
    • All local offices that are non-partisan will not be affected by the new law
  • Who else filed nomination documents for my race?

    A list of candidates will be posted on this website daily beginning 110 days from the election.