Candidate Filing Nomination Packet – November 8, 2022, General Election

The Nomination period for the November 8, 2022, General Election is from July 18, 2022 to August 12, 2022. The following is a list of the Candidate Filing Nomination documents in the nomination packet. If you fill out and print the documents to bring to your candidate filing appointment, please print the documents DOUBLE-SIDED. The documents will be stamped with the issue date when you submit the pre-printed documents. Otherwise, the nomination packet will be available for you at your appointment. The Yolo County Candidate Guide for the November 8, 2022, 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.

Candidate Filing Appointment Scheduler

Candidates or their authorized representative must make an appointment to obtain and/or file nomination papers with the Candidate Filing Appointment Scheduler or by calling our office at (530) 666-8133.

Yolo County Elections Office Candidate’s Guide – November 8, 2022, General Election

The Candidate Guide for the November 8, 2022, 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

A number of documents must be filed at the local county elections office and also at the Secretary of State’s office, in order to qualify as a candidate for office in the primary election. The Candidate Filing Receipt is an overview and checklist of the required documents for candidates running for office.

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 9th, prospective candidates must complete the form prior to receiving candidate filing documents. The form is used to verify the qualifications of the candidate.

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.

Yolo County June 7, 2022, Statewide Direct Primary Election Calendar

Calendar with important dates and deadlines for the November 8, 2022, General Election. The calendar is also included in the Candidate Guide.

Summary of Qualifications and Requirements

The Summary of Qualifications and Requirements are listed in the Candidate Guide and is reproduced here. Each office also lists the required documents to be filed with the county of residence's elections office or the Secretary of State to qualify as a candidate.

Declaration of Qualifications for Office

The Qualifications for Office form declares the candidate meets the qualifications established for service for the office that are listed in the Summary of Qualifications and Requirements

Ballot Designation Worksheet — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

The purpose of the Ballot Designation Worksheet is for the candidate to give information to substantiate his or her Ballot Designation to appear on the ballot under the candidate's name. It must be completed in its entirety. The candidate signs this worksheet under penalty of perjury that the Ballot Designation and the provided backup 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. Due to Redistricting in 2021 after the 2020 Census, a candidate for the office of Representative in Congress, Member of the State Board of Equalization, State Senator, or Member of the Assembly shall not choose the word “incumbent” as a designation to appear on the ballot. Other districts have moved from electing At-Large to By-District elections. Officeholders who were elected At-Large are not incumbents for the new By-District areas, even if they reside in the new district.

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.

Declaration of Candidacy and Oath of Office — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

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, what Ballot Designation the candidate desires, if any, and what contact information the candidate wants published on the Candidate Filing List of Candidates webpage. The document also contains the Oath of Office.

Character-based Name Form — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

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).

Nomination Petitions — (for City Offices Only)

Candidates for city offices (e.g., Mayor, Member of City Council) are required to submit signatures from registered voters in their district. The number of sponsors needed to qualify as a candidate for city office is 20. The Nomination Paper document and all other nomination documents for city offices can only be obtained and filed in the City Clerk's office and is not downloadable here. Contact your City Clerk to run for a city office.

Candidate Statements — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

Candidates for Constitutional Offices, State Senate, and Member of the Assembly who accept expenditure limits may receive a candidate statement in the State Voter Information Guide or county voter information guide.

State Candidate Statement Guidelines and Forms - State Voter Information Guide Only  — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

The State Candidate Statement Guidelines shall be used for candidate statements submitted to the Secretary of State’s office for inclusion in the state Voter Information Guide for the November 8, 2022, General Election. The forms in the guidelines and maximum 250-word candidate statement must be submitted to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The State Voter Information Guide is for all federal and state candidates with the exception of U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senate, and Member of the Assembly.

County Candidate Statement - Yolo County Voter information Guide Only  — (Not applicable for Write-in Candidates)

The Yolo County Candidate Statement Guidelines (also found in the Yolo County Candidate Guide) shall be used for candidate statements submitted to the Yolo County Elections office for inclusion in the county Voter Information Guide for the November 8, 2022, General Election. The maximum number of words and paragraphs for a candidate statement are listed in the Candidate Guide and Estimated Cost of Yolo County Candidate Statements for eligible candidate offices. The Yolo County Candidate Statement form must be submitted to the Yolo County Elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 whether the candidate is submitting a statement or declining to submit a statement.

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 by the voter and counted for a specific office shall file a Statement of Write-in Candidacy Form (county version and federal/state version). The form also contains the Oath of Office. The Write-In Candidate filing period is from September 12, 2022 to October 25, 2022.

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Campaign Finance Forms and Manuals

FPPC Forms, Campaign Manuals, Candidate Toolkits, and Filing Schedules are available on the FPPC website www.fppc.ca.gov. Some campaign finance information for Yolo County is also available on our website under the Candidate Services section. Electronic filing for FPPC campaign financial disclosure forms is available for candidates who file with the Yolo County Elections Office. Refer to our eCampaign Electronic Filing section for more details.

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.

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.