Nomination Period will close on Friday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m.*
With just 2 days left in the Nomination Period, candidates should have their candidate statement, filing fees, and of course nomination signatures ready to submit by Friday.
Here’s what you need to return to your elections official:
- Declaration of Candidacy (required)
- Ballot Designation Worksheet (required)
- Candidate Statement (permitted, not required)
- Fee for Candidate Statement (required if you submit a Candidate Statement)
- Form 700 – Statement of Economic Interest (required)
- Other FPPC Committee Filing Forms (required)
- Other forms required by your jurisdiction
Even the most seasoned candidate can make errors in their nomination…it only happens every 4 years.
Here are some things to avoid:
- Invalid signatures on the Nomination Form. Just take the time to go to the County Clerk’s Office and use their computers to verify registration. REMEMBER…a person can only sign the same number of Nomination Forms as offices up for election (3 council seats = maximum of 3 nomination forms with the same person signing) You can get more signatures than needed.
- Errors on the Affidavit. Some people put the wrong dates (must be within time you circulated the petition) or forget to sign.
- Too Many Words. Candidate Statements can be tough. Use the guidelines provided (see this link) and count several times…once you turn it in there’s no going back…spell check!
- Ballot Designations. Be able to justify your designation with documentation if needed. Usually, “Incumbent” is a bad idea.
*Note: Always check with your local City Clerk or other elections official for valid office hours…some Clerks will close when City Hall closes or may remain open just for filings.