Article 8. Arrangement And Examination Of Nomination Papers of California Elections Code >> Division 6. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 8.

Each section of a nomination paper, after being verified, shall be returned by the circulator who circulated it to the steering committee, or to its duly authorized representatives. All the sections circulated in any county shall be collected by the steering committee, or its duly authorized representatives, and they shall arrange and leave the sections with the county elections official for examination.
Prior to filing, the sections of a nomination paper shall be numbered in order.
Nomination papers, properly assembled, may be consolidated and fastened together by counties, but nomination papers signed by voters in different counties shall not be fastened together.
The county elections official shall examine all nomination papers left with him or her for examination and shall disregard and mark "not sufficient" the name of any voter of his or her county which does not appear in the same handwriting on an affidavit of registration in the office of the county elections official. The county elections official shall also disregard and mark "not sufficient" the name of any voter of his or her county who has not stated his or her intention to affiliate with the Democratic Party.
Within five days after any nomination papers are left with him or her for examination, the county elections official shall:
  (a) Examine and affix to them a certificate reciting that he or she has examined them and stating the number of names which have not been marked "not sufficient."
  (b) Transmit the papers with the certificate of examination to the Secretary of State, who shall file the papers.
The county elections official's certificate to nomination papers shall be in substantially the following form:
Certificate of County Elections Official to Nomination Papers To the Secretary of State: I, Elections Official of the County of ____________, hereby certify that I have examined the nomination papers to which this certificate is attached, of the candidate or uncommitted delegation, as the case may be, for purposes of qualifying for placement on the ballot at the ensuing presidential primary, that the number of names which I have not marked "not sufficient" is ______________. Dated this ____________ day of ____________, 20____. ____________________, County Elections Official
  (SEAL) By , Deputy
No filing fee shall be required from any person in order to file nomination papers.