Inquire about the availability of documents in accessible formats.
All candidates must complete the nomination process by the legal filing deadline established by law. The Department strongly encourages you to file all required forms in advance of the legal deadline. Filing early allows candidates ample time to satisfy requirements and correct any errors or omissions with your nomination documents. The Department cannot make exceptions to the filing deadline, under any circumstance.
Candidate Filing: July 13 through August 7, 2020
Candidates are encouraged to file their candidacy papers in-person by appointment; however, you may authorize someone else to pick up documents by appointment on your behalf.
Authorization to Pick Up Candidate Documents
Candidate Filing Appointments
We are happy to assist with your candidate filing needs. You can schedule an appointment
online or call us at (916) 875-6276.
Resources for Candidates
The Candidate Guide is intended to provide general information for candidates and does not have the force or effect of law, regulation or rule. It is distributed with the understanding that the Voter Registration and Elections office of the County of Sacramento is not rendering legal advice. Therefore, the guide is not a substitute for legal counsel for the individual, organization or candidate using it.
November 3, 2020, Candidate Guide
Candidate Filing Overview
Candidate Filing Overview – PowerPoint Presentation
Candidates are listed as “pending” until all nomination documents are filed and approved. Once these documents are approved the qualification status is changed to “qualified”. Candidate lists become final after the nomination deadline for each office.
To prepare your candidacy packet, please complete the
Candidate Qualification Form and Receipt and email to
Candidate Contact Information Release Form – This form allows us to post your contact information on our website. Fill it out online, print, and bring it in signed.
Declaration of Candidacy – Prepared by our office for you to sign during your appointment.
Ballot Designation Worksheet – Fill it out online, print, and bring it in signed.
Candidate Statement Form – If you are submitting a statement to be included in the County Voter Information Guide fill it out online, print, sign, and date. The first page of this form must be filled out and returned even if you do not plan on not submitting a candidate statement.
Code of Fair Campaign Practices – Optional. Print and bring it in signed.
Statement of Responsibility for Caltrans – Outdoor political signs. Fill it out online, print, and mail it to the address on the form.
To learn more about what activities occur during specified periods, consult the calendar for deadlines set by California Election Code.
November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election Calendar
November 3, 2020, Measure Calendar
2020 Presidential General Election Governor’s Proclamation