November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election

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November 3, 2020 Election Calendar
Presidential General Election

November 3, 2020 Election Calendar

NOTE: The information below is as accurate as possible, but not every requirement or exception is listed. In the event of a conflict, the date set by statute controls over dates listed below. The Registration & Elections Division reserves the right to update this calendar as necessary.

Days Prior to Election Date Action Taken
148 Monday, June 8, 2020 By this date the Governor shall issue a proclamation calling the election and shall state the time of the election and offices to be filled.
EC §12000
131 Thursday, June 25, 2020 Last day for a statewide initiative measure, constitutional amendment, bond measure or other legislative measure to qualify for the Presidential General Election ballot on November 3, 2020.
EC §9040; Cal. Const. Art. II §8(c)
130 Friday, June 26, 2020 (School or Special District Vacancy) Last day for the governing body of a local jurisdiction to call an election on November 3, 2020 to fill a vacancy.
GC §1780(e); ED §5091(b)
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020
Between these dates, a city shall publish its Notice of Election, stating the offices to be filled and time of election. The City Elections Official shall consolidate the Notice of Election and the Notice of City Measures into one notice if the measure was placed on the ballot prior to the Notice of Election’s publication.
EC §§12101, 12111
125 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Last day for special districts governed by the Uniform District Election Law to notify County Elections Official of offices to be filled, specifying which offices, if any, are for the balance of an unexpired term, decisions regarding payment of candidate statements, and a map showing the boundaries of the district and the boundaries of the divisions of the district, if any, within that county and a statement indicating in which divisions a director is to be elected and whether any elective officer is to be elected at large.
EC §§10509, 10522
123 Friday, July 3, 2020 Last day for a school district governing board to deliver a resolution (the “specifications of the election order”) to the County Superintendent of Schools and the County Elections Official calling for an election of governing board members.
ED §5322
120 Monday, July 6, 2020 Last day for the County Superintendent of Schools to deliver an official order and formal notice of election of school district board members to the County Elections Official.
ED §5325(b)
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Monday, July 6, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Between these dates, the County Elections Official shall publish the Notice of Election (date of election, identification of offices to be filled, statement of required qualifications, where Nomination Documents are available, deadline for filing required forms, statement regarding appointment, the hours of opening and closing of the polls, and related information). The notice of central counting place may be combined with this notice. The County Elections Official shall also issue a press release indicating offices to be filled and a telephone contact number for related information.
EC §§10242, 12109, 12112; GC §6061; ED §5363
118 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 First Candidate Seminar to be held at 10 a.m. at the Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. First Data Seminar to be held immediately following the end of the Candidate Seminar at the same location. (Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the seminars may be held virtually.)
114 Sunday, July 12, 2020 (City Vacancy) For a vacancy in a city election office, this is the last day for the city council to call a special election for November 3, 2020 to fill the vacancy. The City shall immediately publish the Notice of Election. (NOTE: Because the deadline E-114 falls on a Sunday, the safest option is for the City to take this action by E-116, Friday, July 10, 2020)
EC §§12101(b); GC §36512(b)
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Monday, July 13, 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020
Between these dates is the candidate filing period. Nomination Papers and Declarations of Candidacy are available during this time. Paperwork must be received by the close of business on August 7, 2020. City candidates shall file paperwork with their City Clerk’s office and should check the business hours of their City Clerk’s office; all other candidates shall file with the County Elections Official by 5 p.m. on August 7, 2020. Local candidates may purchase space for a Candidate Statement in the County Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet. The Candidate Statement may be withdrawn but not changed during this period and until 5 p.m. of the next working day (Monday, August 10, 2020) after the close of the nomination period.
EC §§10220, 10224, 10407, 10510, 10603, 13107, 13307
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Monday, July 13, 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020
Between these dates, candidates for U.S. House of Representative, State Senate and Assembly may purchase space for a 250-word Candidate Statement in the County Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet. State Senate and Assembly candidates may do so only if they have agreed to accept the voluntary expenditure limits on their Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501).
EC §§13307, 13307.5; GC §85601(c)
103 Thursday, July 23, 2020 Second Candidate Seminar to be held at 2 p.m. at the Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. Second Data Seminar to be held immediately following the end of the Candidate Seminar at the same location. (Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, the seminars may be held virtually.)
98 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Last day that any candidate may request in writing a different ballot designation than was used at the primary election. The written request shall be accompanied by a Ballot Designation Worksheet.
EC §13107(h)
Fixed Date Friday, July 31, 2020 Except as provided in GC §84200 paragraphs (1), (2) and (3), elected officials, candidates and committees pursuant to subdivision (a) of GC §82013 and slate mailer organizations shall file semiannual statements no later than this date for the period ending June 30, 2020.
GC §§82013, 84200, 84218
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
During this period, a contribution, including a loan, that totals in the aggregate $1,000 or more per source made to or received by a candidate or committee must be reported within 24 hours.
GC §§82036, 84203