Each redistricting dataset merges the electoral data the SWDB collected and processed over the preceding decade with the most current census data (PL94-171). The result is a census block level dataset that allows for longitudinal analysis of electoral data over time on the same unit of analysis. Electoral data consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election. These data are collected from the Registrars of Voters for each of the 58 California counties with each election.
The SWDB collects the Statement of Vote and the Statement of Registration along with various geography files from each of the 58 counties for every statewide election. The Statement of Vote is a precinct level dataset and precincts in California change frequently between elections. The goal of the SWDB is to make election data available that can be compared over time, on the same unit of analysis – a precinct, a census block or a census tract.
This calendar shows only the dates that apply to the 'voter-nominated candidates' running in the 'top two' June 5, 2012 Primary Election in California. The voter-nominated offices on the June 5 ballot include one US Senator, representatives of the state's 53 congressional districts, representatives of the 80 Assembly districts, and State Senators from the 20 odd-number senatorial districts. The candidates for Congress, Assembly and State Senate will run in the newly drawn districts.
What are voter-nominated offices? Recently enacted laws changed the terminology for state-level offices on the ballot. Certain offices that used to be known as “partisan offices” (state constitutional offices, U.S. Congress, and state legislative offices) are now known as “voter-nominated” offices. The office of U.S. President and county central committee offices are still considered partisan offices. Also, what used to be known as a “political party affiliation” is now known as a “political party preference.”
Please see this calendar for the dates applying to Presidential candidates, political party procedures, county central committee elections, campaign finance deadlines (for all candidates) and county election office requirements. The calendar below does include dates that apply to voters and to publication of reports and results. Note that the official name of the entire election (Presidential and non-Presidential) is the 'Presidential Primary Election.' The calendar below is derived from Secretary of State's June 5, 2012, 'Presidential Primary Election Calendar'.
NOTE: Asterisked dates indicate that the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday; if the date is also a deadline, in most cases, it will move forward to the next business day. § 15 (Two asterisks indicate that the date is fixed by law.)
Period in which all voter-nominated candidates may obtain forms from county elections officials for circulating petitions to secure signatures in lieu of all or part of the filing fee. Signatures may also be applied to the nomination signature requirements for office.
NOTICE OF OFFICES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION, NON-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Last day for the Secretary of State to prepare and send to each county elections official a notice designating all the offices, except for county officers and judges, for which candidates are to be nominated at the primary election.
DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY AND NOMINATION PAPERS — NONPRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FILING
Period in which all non-presidential candidates must file their declarations of candidacy for office and circulate their nomination papers and deliver them to the county elections official for filing. All candidates must pay the nonrefundable filing fees or present petitions in lieu of signatures at the time they receive their nomination papers from the county elections official. The number of valid signatures in lieu of the filing fee any candidate obtains may be subtracted from the number required for his or her nomination papers. A candidate shall not be required to execute a nomination paper if the number of signatures in lieu of filing fee that meet the nomination requirement on the in-lieu petitions equals or exceeds the minimum number required by Section 8062. All nomination documents for United States Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, and Members of the State Senate or Assembly are to be left with the county elections official for filing with the Secretary of State.
NOMINATION DOCUMENTS FORWARDED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Period in which, and within five days of receipt of nomination documents, county elections officials shall deliver to the Secretary of State those nomination documents for United States Senator, Member of the United States House of Representatives, or Members of the State Senate or Assembly, together with a statement showing the number of valid signatures on the nomination document from all candidates.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS IN THE STATE VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE DEADLINE
Last day United States Senate candidates may purchase space for a 250-word candidate statement in the official state Voter Information Guide. [Date designated by Secretary of State]
DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY AND NOMINATION PAPERS FILING
No later than 5:00 p.m. on this day, all voter-nominated candidates must deliver to the county elections official for filing their declarations of candidacy, nomination papers, and ballot designation worksheets.
SIGNATURES IN LIEU OF FILING FEES — SUPPLEMENTAL
Last day a candidate may submit supplemental signatures to the county elections official or pay a prorated portion of the filing fee to cover any deficiency in the filing fee payment.
STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS
Last day for specified non-incumbent candidates in an election to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) disclosing their investments, interests in real property, and any income received during the immediately preceding 12 months.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS IN THE COUNTY OFFICIAL SAMPLE BALLOT
Last day United States House of Representatives and State Senate and Assembly 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 for State Senate and Assembly may purchase statement space only if they have agreed to voluntary expenditure limits.
NOMINATION PERIOD EXTENSION - INCUMBENT DOES NOT FILE NOMINATION PAPERS
Last day (by 5:00 p.m.) for any person, other than an eligible incumbent who did not qualify for nomination by March 9, 2012 (E-88), to file nomination documents for United States Senator, Member of the United States House of Representatives, or Member of the State Senate or Assembly.
NOMINATION DOCUMENTS FORWARDED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Last day for county elections officials to forward nomination documents and the number of valid nomination signatures that are required to be filed with the Secretary of State.
CERTIFIED LIST OF CANDIDATES AND ROTATION LIST
Last day for the Secretary of State to certify and send to each county elections official a list of candidates showing the name of every person eligible to receive votes within the county at the Presidential Primary Election, their addresses, the offices for which they seek nomination, and, if the office is partisan, the party each person represents.
By this day, the Secretary of State shall also provide to county elections officials a list of candidates for each county arranged according to the randomized alphabet drawn on March 15, 2012 (E-82).
DEATH OF A CANDIDATE — NAME ON BALLOT
Last day for the county elections official to remove a deceased candidate's name from the Presidential Primary Election ballot.
DEADLINE - STATEMENT OF WRITE-IN CANDIDACY AND NOMINATION PAPERS
Last day for a write-in candidate to leave a statement of write-in candidacy and nomination papers with the county elections official for filing with the Secretary of State.
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
On this date, the polls shall be open throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Voters who have moved from one address to another within the same county and who have not reregistered may vote a provisional ballot at the polling place for their current (new) address, at the office of the county elections official, or at a central location designated by the county elections official.
Vote-by-mail ballots shall be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at any polling place in the county where the voter is registered or at the office of the elections official.
Last day by 8:00 p.m.any voter may request in writing a vote-by-mail ballot because of specified conditions resulting in his or her absence from the polling place or precinct on Election Day.
Last day by 8:00 p.m. a new citizen registering to vote after the close of registration can provide the county elections official with proof of citizenship prior to voting and declare that he or she has established residency in California. The ballots of new citizens shall be received and canvassed at the same time and under the same procedure as vote-by-mail ballots.
SPECIAL ABSENTEE VOTERS
Last day an unregistered special absentee voter who was released from service after May 21, 2012 (E-15), the close of registration, and who has returned to his or 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 the day of the election the county elections official shall deliver to the precinct board a list of special absentee voters registered under Elections Code section 3107.
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 or 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 or her residence.
Last day a special absentee voter who returns to the county after May 29, 2012 (E-7), 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 Election Day and returned as are other voted vote-by-mail ballots.
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 May 29, 2012 (E-7)) may return his or her ballot by facsimile transmission. To be counted, the ballot returned by facsimile transmission must be received by the voter's elections official by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day and must be accompanied by an identification envelope and a signed waiver of a right to a secret ballot.
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