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Elections Code - ELEC


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 1. Election Dates [1000 - 1003]
  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )


The established election dates are as follows:

(a) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each year.

(b) The second Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year.

(c) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 562, Sec. 1. (AB 1829) Effective January 1, 2020.)


The following are statewide elections and their dates are statewide election dates:

(a) An election held in November of an even-numbered year.

(b) An election held in March of an even-numbered year.

(c) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

(Repealed (in Sec. 7) and added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 335, Sec. 8. (SB 568) Effective January 1, 2018. Section operative January 1, 2019, by its own provisions.)


Except as provided in Section 1003, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, all state, county, municipal, district, and school district elections shall be held on an established election date.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1143, Sec. 19. Effective September 30, 1996.)


This chapter shall not apply to the following:

(a) Any special election called by the Governor.

(b) Elections held in chartered cities or chartered counties in which the charter provisions are inconsistent with this chapter.

(c) School governing board elections consolidated pursuant to Section 1302.2 or initiated by petition pursuant to Section 5091 of the Education Code.

(d) Elections of any kind required or permitted to be held by a school district located in a chartered city or county when the election is consolidated with a regular city or county election held in a jurisdiction that includes 95 percent or more of the school district’s population.

(e) County, municipal, district, and school district initiative, referendum, or recall elections.

(f) Any election conducted solely by mailed ballot pursuant to Division 4 (commencing with Section 4000).

(g) Elections held pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 15100) of Chapter 1, or pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 15340) of Chapter 2 of, Part 10 of the Education Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1081, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2001.)

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