California Elections Code PART 4 - UNIFORM DISTRICT ELECTION LAW

  • Section 10500.
      (a) This part may be cited as the Uniform District Election Law.(b) As used in this part, the following definitions apply:(1) “Affected county” means a county in which...
  • Section 10501.
      It is the purpose of this part to provide a procedure for the election of elective officers of districts. These elections shall be called and...
  • Section 10502.
      (a) This part shall apply to all districts and agencies whose principal acts so provide. However, the provisions of this part requiring the county elections official...
  • Section 10503.
      Where this part provides that the principal act shall govern, and the principal act contains no provisions on the matter, the general election laws of...
  • Section 10504.
      Whenever this part requires the secretary of a district to deliver a notice or other information to the county elections official on or before a...
  • Section 10505.
      The terms of office of elective officers in all new districts shall be determined as follows:(a) If the district is formed in an odd-numbered year, the...
  • Section 10506.
      Whenever a district shall increase the number of divisions, if there are any, the terms of office of the offices of director thus created shall...
  • Section 10507.
      Except as otherwise provided in this part, the term of office of each elective officer, elected or appointed pursuant to this part, is four years...
  • Section 10508.
      The principal act shall govern whether directors of a district are elected by divisions or by the district at large. A governing body may require...
  • Section 10509.
      On the 125th day prior to the day fixed for the general district election, the secretary shall deliver a notice to the county elections official....
  • Section 10510.
      (a) Forms for declarations of candidacy for all district offices shall be obtained from the office of the county elections official. The county elections official may,...
  • Section 10511.
      The declaration of candidacy shall be in substantially the following form: I, _________________, do hereby declare myself as a candidate for election to the office...
  • Section 10512.
      Each candidate shall set forth in full the oath or affirmation set forth in Section 3 of Article XX of the California Constitution, which shall...
  • Section 10513.
      Upon filing each declaration of candidacy, the county elections official shall examine the declaration to determine if it conforms with the provisions of this part...
  • Section 10514.
      The qualifications of a candidate for elective office, and of an elective officer, of a district shall be determined by the principal act of that...
  • Section 10515.
      (a) If, by 5 p.m. on the 83rd day prior to the day fixed for the general district election: (1) only one person has filed a...
  • Section 10516.
      (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any district or agency election, if a declaration of candidacy for an incumbent elective officer of a district...
  • Section 10517.
      Except as otherwise provided by this part, the county elections official of each affected county shall conduct the general district election for the portion of...
  • Section 10518.
      If, within any portion of a county, only one district has scheduled a general district election, the county elections official may authorize the appropriate officer...
  • Section 10519.
      At the request of a district governing body, the county elections official may perform any of the duties of the district secretary and the supervising...
  • Section 10520.
      Each district involved in a general district election in an affected county shall reimburse the county for the actual costs incurred by the county elections...
  • Section 10521.
      Qualifications of voters of a district, the number of votes each voter may cast, and the method of determining that number of votes shall be...
  • Section 10522.
      At least 125 days prior to the day fixed for the general district election, the secretary of a resident voting district shall deliver to the...
  • Section 10523.
      Notwithstanding any provision in the principal act, elections shall be at large in any resident voter district in which there are fewer than 100 voters.(Enacted...
  • Section 10524.
      At least 125 days prior to the date fixed by the general district election, the secretary of a landowner voting district shall deliver to the...
  • Section 10525.
      (a) At least 35 days prior to the date fixed for the landowner district election, the secretary of a landowner district for which an election has...
  • Section 10526.
      At least 30 days prior to the day fixed for the next general district election, the county elections official shall have prepared a sufficient number...
  • Section 10527.
      At least 20 days prior to the date fixed for the next general district election, the county elections official shall have prepared a sufficient number...
  • Section 10528.
      Except as otherwise provided by this part, the form of the ballot to be used by the voters of a landowner voting district participating in...
  • Section 10529.
      Whenever a candidate has filed a declaration of candidacy, and the candidate’s declaration of candidacy has been certified as sufficient pursuant to Section 10513, the...
  • Section 10530.
      Vote by mail voting shall be allowed and conducted as nearly as practicable in accordance with Division 3 (commencing with Section 3000) pertaining to general...
  • Section 10531.
      Notwithstanding any law, vote by mail voting shall be allowed in lieu of voting by proxy in an landowner district election in which voting by...
  • Section 10532.
      Nothing in this part shall prohibit a voter of a district, or his legal representative, from voting by proxy if this right is provided for...
  • Section 10533.
      (a) The county elections official shall prepare for each precinct one voter list and one roster for each ballot form to be used at the polling...
  • Section 10534.
      If the county elections official fails to appoint a precinct board or the members appointed are not present when the polls open on the day...
  • Section 10535.
      The inspector is chairman of the precinct board.(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)
  • Section 10536.
      If during the election any judge or elections official ceases to act, the inspector may appoint a substitute.(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)
  • Section 10537.
      If the inspector ceases to act, a majority of the remaining members of the precinct board may appoint a substitute.(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920,...
  • Section 10538.
      Any member of a precinct board may administer and certify oaths required to be administered during an election.(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)
  • Section 10539.
      Before opening the polls, each member of the precinct board shall sign a declaration to perform faithfully his or her duties, before the inspector or...
  • Section 10540.
      Candidates’ statements of their qualifications submitted in accordance with Section 13307 shall be filed with the county elections official, who shall cause the voters’ pamphlet,...
  • Section 10541.
      The polls shall open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. In any precinct in which all of the eligible voters have voted...
  • Section 10542.
      The principal act of each landowner voting district participating in the general district election shall govern the manner in which the ballot is delivered by...
  • Section 10543.
      Voting shall be conducted, the canvass at the polls made, and the returns delivered to the county elections official, except as otherwise provided by this...
  • Section 10544.
      A governing body of a district may, by resolution, limit campaign contributions in elections to district offices.(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)
  • Section 10545.
      The envelope, certificate with the roster, tally lists, and voter list, shall be all of the following:(a) Sealed in an envelope by the inspector in the...
  • Section 10546.
      Recount of votes in any general district election shall be governed by the provisions of Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 15600) of Division 15.(Enacted by...
  • Section 10547.
      The county elections official shall commence the canvass of the returns not later than the first Thursday after each general district election.(Enacted by Stats. 1994,...
  • Section 10548.
      The canvass shall be made in public and by opening the returns and determining the vote for each person voted for and declaring the results...
  • Section 10549.
      No roster, tally list, or certificate returned from any general district election shall be set aside or rejected for want of form if it can...
  • Section 10550.
      As soon as the result of the canvass by the county elections official is declared, the county elections official shall prepare and mail a statement...
  • Section 10551.
      (a) No later than the Monday before the first Friday in December the county elections official shall declare the elected candidate or candidates. If there is...
  • Section 10553.
      The county elections official shall immediately make and deliver to each person elected a certificate of election signed by the county elections official.(Enacted by Stats....
  • Section 10554.
      Elective officers, elected or appointed pursuant to this part, take office at noon on the first Friday in December next following the general district election....
  • Section 10555.
      Notwithstanding Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1000) of Division 1, no landowner voting district election shall be consolidated with any resident voter election regardless of...
  • Section 10556.
      No informalities in the conduct of the general district election or any matters related to it shall invalidate the election if fairly conducted.(Enacted by Stats....

Last modified: October 5, 2018