Article 5. Verification Of Nomination Signatures of California Elections Code >> Division 8. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 5.
No fee or charge shall be made or collected by any officer
for verifying any nomination document or circulator's affidavit.
Before any nomination document is filed in the office of the
county elections official or forwarded for filing in the office of
the Secretary of State, the county elections official shall verify
the signatures and the political preferences, if required, of the
signers on the nomination paper with the registration affidavits on
file in the office of the county elections official. The county
elections official shall mark "not sufficient" any signature that
does not appear in the same handwriting as appears on the affidavit
of registration in his or her office, or that is accompanied by a
declaration of party preference that is not in accordance with the
declaration of party preference in the affidavit of registration. The
county elections official may cease to verify signatures once the
minimum requisite number of signatures has been verified.
All nomination documents that are required to be filed in the
office of the Secretary of State, within five days after being left
with the county elections official in compliance with Section 8020,
shall be forwarded by the county elections official to the Secretary
of State, who shall receive and file them. The county elections
official shall forward with the nomination documents a statement
showing the total number of signatures on the nomination document
that have not been marked "not sufficient."
The county elections official's statement to the Secretary of
State of the number of signers shall be in substantially the
STATEMENT OF COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICIAL OF NUMBER OF
I, County Elections Official of the County of ____, hereby certify
that I have examined the ____ hereto attached filed on behalf of
____, candidate for nomination to the office of ____ at the primary
election to be held on the __ day of ____, 19_, and that the total
number of signatures which I have not marked "not sufficient" is
Dated this __ day of ____, 19_.
__County Elections Official
(SEAL) By _________ Deputy
If the number of signatures affixed to an in-lieu filing fee
petition filed pursuant to Section 8106 is 100 or more, the county
elections official may use a random sampling technique for
verification of the signatures. If a random sampling technique is
used, and the number of signatures on a petition is 100 or more but
less than 2,000, the random sampling shall include an examination of
100 signatures. If the number of signatures on a petition is 2,000 or
more, the random sampling shall include an examination of 5 percent
of the signatures. Upon completion of the verification of signatures
in the sample, the percentage of signatures which are valid shall be
applied and projected to the total number of signatures submitted.