Candidates & Campaigns

Candidates & Campaigns

How Do I Become a Candidate?

November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election

The purpose of this page is to assist potential candidates with the necessary steps to become a qualified candidate.  This information is only for offices managed by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. For City offices, please contact the respective City Clerk.

In-person Services Provided by Appointment ONLY

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit exposure for both you and our employees, the Registrar is providing in-person services by appointment only.

Request Contactless Delivery of Candidate Filing Documents

The candidate filing period is July 13 through August 7, 2020. To maintain the health and safety of both candidates and employees, we strongly encourage you to request your filing of candidacy paperwork to be emailed or mailed to you.

Request Candidacy Documents via Email or Mail

We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone (858) 505-7260 or email

Documents may also be picked up in-person by appointment only by the candidate or the candidate may authorize another person. Appointment scheduling begins on July 1 by phone (858) 505-7260 or email

Authorization Form for Pick Up

Verify the district you live in. District verification

Candidate Filing (You have two ways to file.)

1.    To file completed candidacy paperwork documents candidates may schedule an appointment and execute the declaration of candidacy form at the Registrar of Voters Office. Appointments should be scheduled as early as possible to ensure candidacy nomination paperwork is completed prior to the filing deadline.

2.    Completed candidacy paperwork documents with the notarized declaration of candidacy may be mailed to our office.

All paperwork must be received by the Registrar of Voters before the close of business on August 7, 2020.

To account for the number of filers and the limited number of people allowed in the office at one time to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, the office will also be open for in-person appointments on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 and have extended office hours from Monday, August 3 thru Thursday, August 6.

For questions or clarifications please contact us by phone (858) 505-7260 or email

2019 Adjusted County Contribution Limits

The County of San Diego Contribution Limit for County offices was set at $850 per county primary and general election. These offices include:

  • Board of Supervisors
  • Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • County Board of Education

Individual Contribution 

Political Party Contribution 
$27,600 Supervisorial Districts
$55,200 Countywide Offices (except County Board of Education)

Note: Individual contribution limits apply for each election and to County Offices Only. Learn more