Candidate Filing Nomination Packet

The 2020 Candidate’s Guide for the General Election is intended to provide general information for candidates and committees and does not have the force or effect of law, regulation, or rule.

Yolo County Elections Office Candidate’s Guide – November 3, 2020 General Election

The 2020 Candidate’s Guide for the General Election is intended to provide general information for candidates and committees and does not have the force or effect of law, regulation, or rule. It is distributed with the understanding that the Yolo County Elections Office is not rendering legal advice. Therefore, the guide is not a substitute for legal counsel for the individual, organization, or candidate using it.

Candidate Filing Receipt

The Candidate Filing Receipt is used to track the qualifications of the candidate, as well as the issuance and filing of nomination documents.

1. Candidate Preliminary Information Form

The Candidate Preliminary Information Form is the first step to starting the candidate filing process. Starting on the first day of the nomination period, July 13th, prospective candidates must complete the form prior to receiving candidate filing documents. The form is used to verify the qualifications of the candidate.

2. Letter of Authorization

A candidate may designate a specific person to obtain and/or file nomination papers and/or a Declaration of Candidacy form on behalf of the candidate. A letter of authorization form must be properly completed and signed prior to either obtaining or filing the nomination papers for a candidate.

3. Yolo County 2020 General Election Calendar

Calendar with important dates and deadlines for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

4. Ballot Designation Worksheet

The purpose of the Ballot Designation Worksheet is for the candidate to give information to substantiate his or her Ballot Designation. It must be completed in its entirety. The candidate signs this worksheet under penalty of perjury that the Ballot Designation and the provided back-up information are accurate.

The ballot designation describes the current principle profession, vocation, occupation, or incumbency status of the candidate that will appear on the ballot under the candidate’s name.

The listing of a designation on the ballot is OPTIONAL. Ballot designations become public record once the information is filed on the Declaration of Candidacy. Ballot designations cannot be changed after the final date to file nomination documents.

5. Declaration of Candidacy and Oath of Office

The Declaration of Candidacy is the document on which the candidate indicates how the candidate wants the candidate’s name to appear on the ballot and what Ballot Designation the candidate desires, if any. It also contains the Oath of Office.

6. Character-based Name Form

At the request of a candidate who has completed the Character-based Name form, the elections office will publish a translation or transliteration of a candidate's name in Chinese, Korean, or Punjabi characters. Candidates with character-based names by birth, or who identify with a character-based name, may use that name on the ballot in addition to a phonetic transliteration (English text).

7. Candidate Statement Form and County of Yolo Estimated Cost of Candidate’s Statement

The Candidate Statement (also known as the “Statement of Qualifications”) is a statement of the candidate’s background and education prepared by the candidate on a form issued along with the nomination documents. The Elections Official mails a county voter information guide to each voter of the jurisdiction that may contain the optional candidate statement.

8. Statement of Write-In Candidacy and Oath of Office

Every person who desires to be a write-in candidate and have his or her name written on the ballot of an election counted for a particular office shall file a statement of write-in candidacy. It also contains the Oath of Office.

9. Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Campaign Finance Forms

FPPC Forms and Filing Schedules are available on the FPPC website

10. Code of Fair Campaign Practices

At the time an individual is issued his or her declaration of candidacy, nomination papers, or any other paper evidencing an intention to be a candidate for public office, the elections official shall give the individual a blank form of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and a copy of this chapter. Subscription to the code is voluntary.

11. Recommendations for Minimizing Cyber Risk

As part of the ongoing process to protect our elections, the California Secretary of State’s office has developed a “Recommendations for Minimizing Cyber Risk” document.

Political parties, candidates and elections administrators cannot be alone in the fight against malicious actors who seek to undermine our elections. As political campaigns and organizations are targets of cyber threats, they too have a role and responsibility in defending our democracy. Everyone’s actions are critical in maintaining public trust in our elections and minimizing the threat of cyber incidents.

The recommendations included in the document are intended to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyberattacks.