SACRAMENTO, Jan. 8, 2018 – With just five months until California’s Primary Election on June 5, 2018, here is a roundup of key election-related dates.
Candidate filing period
February 12 – March 9
Extended filing period if eligible incumbent does not file
March 10* – March 14
State Voter Information Guide on public display
February 20 – March 12
State Voter Information Guide mailing period
April 26 – May 15
Randomized alphabet drawing for candidate order on ballots
Certified list of candidates published
Military and overseas ballot mailing begins
April 6 – April 21**
Vote-By-Mail ballot mailing period
May 7 – May 29
15-Day Close of Registration
County elections officials process ballots, certify results
June 5 – July 5
Secretary of State compiles results, certifies election
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*Date falls on a weekend or state holiday; the action may be conducted on the next business day.
** April 21, 2018 is a Saturday; this deadline does not move forward to the next business day.
***Californians who miss this deadline and still need to register to vote or update their voter registration may do so at their county elections office or a designated satellite location during the 14 days leading up to and including Election Day (May 22 – June 5)