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Every aspect of running for office has a code-driven deadline.  The below candidate calendar is specific to the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election.  It includes all the deadlines for candidates, campaigns and FPPC filers. 

Candidate Calendar 
November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

Important Dates to Remember

Process

July 13, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers—Candidate Filing (EC 8020)

August 8, 2020 - August 12, 2020

Extension of nomination period (Non-Incumbents only) Does not apply where there are no incumbents due to term limits (EC 8022)

 August 13, 2020

Random alphabet draw to be held at 10 AM to determine the ballot order of candidates’ names. (EC 13112)

 August 20, 2020

Last day to file 1st pre-election campaign statements (for the applicable reporting periods. (GC 84200.5, 84200.7)

September 7, 2020 - October 20, 2020

Write-in candidate filing period (EC 8601)

October 18, 2020 -November 2, 2020

Late campaign contribution reporting (GC 84203)

October 19, 2020

Last day to register to vote in this election(EC 2102, 2107)

October 22, 2020

Last day to file 2nd pre-election campaign statements (for the applicable reporting periods.) (GC 84200.5, 84200.7)

November 3, 2020

ELECTION DAY
Polls are open 7:00am – 8:00pm

November 5, 2020 - December 3, 2020

Official canvass period.(EC 15372, 15301)

December 29, 2020

Last day to file semi-annual campaign disclosure statements (for the applicable reporting periods.) (GC 84200, 24218)