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  • Interested in Running for Office at the November 3, 2020 General Election?

    The candidate filing period was July 13, 2020 through August 7, 2020 and is now CLOSED.

    If you did not meet that deadline, you may run for office as a “Write-in” Candidate.

    The candidate filing period for Write-In Candidates is September 7, 2020 through October 20, 2020.
    For more information on becoming a Write-In Candidate, call the Elections Division.

    Click this link to download your copy of the Candidate Handbook November 3, 2020

    Final List of Candidates – November 3, 2020 (Random Alpha Order applied)

    Here’s your invitation to participate in Voter’s Edge California – a FREE online voter guide – click the link below for more information.
    Voter’s Edge – For Candidates

    In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Elections Division will process candidates by appointment only.


    Candidates are encouraged to download the forms needed from this website however, if you are unable to download the documents, a packet can be picked up (by appointment) or a packet can be mailed to you.  To request a packet be mailed or to schedule an appointment for pick up, call the Elections Division at 559-675-7720.

    Follow the steps below:

    STEP 1

    Download forms for the Office you want to run for:

    STEP 2
    Complete and email the Candidate Worksheet to:
    If you are unable to return forms by email, you can do so by mail, fax or by appointment.

    STEP 3
    Elections Division staff will contact you by phone to go over the process, deadlines, forms and fees required.

    STEP 4
    Return all required forms via email to:
    If you are unable to return forms by email, you can do so by mail, fax or by appointment.
    Elections Division staff will review your documents and will contact you to advise you of your status and to schedule your appointment(s).

    STEP 5
    When you arrive for final appointment please bring all original documents and fees.
    Make checks payable to Madera County Clerk-Recorder.

    More than one appointment may be necessary to complete your filings and appointments are limited to 15 appointments per day.
    Each appointment will be limited to 30 minutes so please be sure to have all original documents in order when presented.


    Important Dates:

    July 13 to August 7
    Nomination/Declaration of Candidacy Period – All Candidates

    July 31
    Semi-Annual Campaign Disclosure Statement Due

    August 8 to August 12*
    Extended Nomination/Declaration of Candidacy Period – If Incumbent fails to file for same seat by August 7 deadline

    September 4
    Issue 60-day Ballots to Military/Overseas Voters

    September 24
    1st Pre-Election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due

    October 5
    Issue Vote by Mail Ballots to all registered voters in Madera County

    October 2 to November 2
    All walk-up/drive-up Official Ballot Drop Boxes Open for 24 hours per day

    October 20
    Candidate Meeting with County Clerk-Recorder

    October 22
    2nd Pre-Election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due

    October 31 to November 2
    All 7 Vote Centers in Madera County Open for 8 hours per day

    November 3 – Election Day
    All 7 Vote Centers in Madera County Open from 7am to 8pm
    All Drop Boxes will close at 8pm