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AB-362 Elections: specified local offices: write-in candidate.(2011-2012)



SECTION 1.

 Section 8203 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

8203.
 (a) In any county in which only the incumbent has filed nomination papers for the office of superior court judge, his or her name shall not appear on the ballot unless there is filed with the elections official, within 10 days after the final date for filing nomination papers for the office, a petition indicating that a write-in campaign will be conducted for the office and signed by at least 0.1 percent of the registered voters qualified to vote with respect to the office, provided that the petition shall contain at least 100 signatures but need not contain more than 600 signatures.
(b) If a petition indicating that a write-in campaign will be conducted for the office at the general election, signed by the number of registered voters qualified to vote with respect to the office specified in subdivision (a), is filed with the elections official not less than 83 days before the general election, the name of the incumbent shall be placed on the general election ballot if it has not appeared on the direct primary election ballot.
(c) If, in conformity with this section, the name of the incumbent does not appear either on the primary ballot or general election ballot, the elections official, on the day of the general election, shall declare the incumbent reelected. Certificates of election specified in Section 15401 or 15504 shall not be issued to a person reelected pursuant to this section before the day of the general election.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8600 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

8600.
 Every person who desires to be a write-in candidate and have his or her name as written on the ballot of an election counted for a particular office shall file:
(a) A statement of write-in candidacy that contains the following information:
(1) Candidate’s name.
(2) Residence address.
(3) A declaration stating that he or she is a write-in candidate.
(4) The title of the office for which he or she is running.
(5) The party nomination which he or she seeks, if running in a partisan primary election.
(6) The date of the election.
(7) A certification of the candidate’s complete voter registration and party affiliation/preference history for the preceding 10 years, or for as long as he or she has been eligible to vote in the state if less than 10 years, if running for a voter-nominated office.
(8) (7)  For any of the offices described in Section 13.5, a statement that the candidate meets the statutory and constitutional requirements for that office as described in that section.
(b) The requisite number of signatures on the nomination papers, if any, required pursuant to Sections 8062, 10220, and 10510, or, in the case of a special district not subject to the Uniform District Election Law (Part 4 (commencing with Section 10500) of Division 10), the number of signatures required by the principal act of the district.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may not be a write-in candidate at the general election for a voter-nominated office.