Article 1. Delegates of California Elections Code >> Division 7. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 1.
The state convention shall consist of one delegate for each
of the following officers:
(b) Lieutenant Governor.
(e) Attorney General.
(f) Secretary of State.
(g) All members of the State Board of Equalization.
(h) All Senators and Representatives of Congress from California.
(i) All Members of the Legislature.
(j) National committeemen and committeewomen.
(k) Chairperson and state vice chairperson of the state central
The state convention shall be composed of the following
(a) Each officer named in Section 7550 who was nominated and
elected as a candidate of the party and whose term of office extends
beyond the first Monday in December in the case of legislators and
the Monday after January 1 in the case of other officers next
following the direct primary election, or the appointee or successor
appointed, elected, or otherwise designated by law to fill a vacancy
in the office of any such officer. These delegates are "holdover
(b) Each candidate of the party in whose behalf nomination papers
were filed and who was nominated at the direct primary election by
that party. These delegates are "nominee delegates." Nominees for an
office the term of which extends beyond two years are delegates to
each succeeding state convention until that following the direct
primary election at which nominations for the office are again to be
made. If a candidate is a "nominee delegate" to the state convention
held in the year in which he or she is nominated, and is elected to
the office at the succeeding general election, he or she shall be
considered a "holdover delegate" to the state convention of his or
her party in the next odd-numbered year, if his or her party is
required to hold the convention.
(c) One delegate appointed for each of the officers named in
Section 7550 not represented by a "holdover delegate" nor by a
"nominee delegate" of the party. These delegates shall be chosen and
appointed in the manner provided in this chapter for filing vacancies
in the state convention and shall be known as "appointive delegates."
Membership in the state convention shall not be granted to
any party nominee unless he or she is registered as being a member of
A vacancy exists in the membership under any of the following
(a) When there is no "holdover delegate" nor "nominee delegate" of
(b) When any nominee is disqualified for membership under the
provisions of Section 7555 or for any other reason stated in this
(c) When no nomination for an elective office has been made.
(d) When a delegate dies prior to the convention.
Delegates shall be appointed to fill vacancies in the
membership as follows:
(a) If the vacancy occurs in a senatorial or Assembly district
situated wholly within the limits of a single county, by appointment
by the county central committee of the party in the county. Whenever
a vacancy occurs by reason of the failure to nominate a person
affiliated with the party, no person shall be chosen to fill the
vacancy who does not reside in the senatorial or Assembly district
(b) If the vacancy occurs in a senatorial or Assembly district
comprising two or more counties, parts of two or more counties, or
one or more counties and parts of one or more counties, by
appointment by the county central committee representing more voters
affiliated with the American Independent Party than does any other
county central committee in the district.
(c) If there is no county central committee qualified to act, or
the qualified county central committee fails to act, under the
provisions of subdivision (a) or (b) of this section, the appointment
shall be made by the state central committee of the party.
(d) If the vacancy occurs as to a delegate for a United States
Senator from California or as to a delegate for any of the state
officers named in Section 7550 by appointment by the state central
committee of the party.
(e) If the vacancy occurs as to a delegate for any Representative
in Congress from California, by appointment by the state central
committee of the party of a voter who resides within the
congressional district to be represented.
A county central committee may authorize its chairperson to
appoint delegates to fill vacancies in the membership of party state
conventions that the county central committee has power to fill.
If a person is a delegate to the state convention and
qualified independently of that fact to be a delegate to the same
state convention, he or she shall be a delegate by reason of the most
recent election at which he or she becomes a delegate. The resulting
vacancy shall be filled pursuant to Section 7557.