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Contents
1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in California
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



California

California election information for 2013 is listed below.

On the 2013 ballot
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Election Results

2013 elections

Special elections

There are several special elections scheduled in 2013 for the state of California.

Elections by type

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State Senate

See also: California state legislative special elections, 2013.

State Senate District 26

Sen. Curren Price (D) resigned on July 1 after winning election to the Los Angeles City Council. A special election was called for September 17, with a runoff if necessary on November 19. Holly J. Mitchell won the blanket primary on September 17.[1]

State Senate District 16

Michael J. Rubio (D) resigned his seat on February 22, 2013, to take a job with Chevron. A special election was called for May 21, 2013. While Andy Vidak appeared to be the outright winner in the initial vote tally, after absentee ballots were counted he fell below the 50 percent threshold. A run-off election between the top two vote-getters - Leticia Perez and Andy Vidak - took place on July 23, which Vidak won. Although the district boundaries changed due to redistricting, because Rubio resigned midway through his term, the old boundaries were used.[2] Candidates had until March 29 to file nomination papers.[3][4][5][6]

State Senate District 32

Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) was elected to the 35th Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. A special election to fill the vacancy was scheduled for March 12, 2013. Because no candidate received 50 percent of the vote the top two vote-getters - Norma Torres (D) and Paul Leon (R) - met in a runoff election on May 14, 2013, which Torres won.[7][8][9][10][11]

State Senate District 40

Juan Vargas (D) was elected to the 51st Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. A special election to fill the vacancy took place on March 12, 2013, which Ben Hueso (D) won with 52 percent of the vote.[7][12][13][14]

State Senate District 4

Doug LaMalfa (R) announced on August 31, 2012 that he would resign his District 4 seat in the California State Senate after the legislature concluded its 2012 session. LaMalfa, who ran for U.S. House of Representatives, decided to resign early so that a special primary could be consolidated with the 2012 general election. On September 5, 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced the special election would take place January 8, 2013, with the primary on November 6, 2012.[15][16] Jim Nielsen (R) initially looked to have won the blanket primary outright, but final returns showed him just short of the 50 percent plus one necessary to avoid a general election.[17][18] Nielsen easily won the special election.[19]
Related: See election information and results here.

State Assembly

See also: California state legislative special elections, 2013.

State Assembly District 54

Rep. Holly Mitchell (D) was elected to the California State Senate on September 17. A special election has been called for December 3, with a runoff on February 4, 2014, if necessary. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas won the December 3 special election. Candidates had until October 11 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of State.[20]

State Assembly District 45

Rep. Bob Blumenfield (D) resigned on July 1 after winning election to the Los Angeles City Council. A blanket primary took place on September 17 and because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff took take place on November 19.[21][22][23] Matt Dababaneh and Susan Shelley faced off in the runoff election on November 19, and Dababaneh won.

State Assembly District 52

Rep. Norma Torres (D) won election to the California State Senate on May 14, 2013. A special election has been called for July 23, with a runoff if necessary on September 24. Candidates had until May 31 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of State. Since no candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote a run-off between the top two vote-getters - Freddie Rodriguez (D) and Paul Leon (I) - took place on September 24, Rodriguez won. [24][25][26]

State Assembly District 80

Ben Hueso (D) won election to the California State Senate on March 12, 2013. A special election was called for May 21, 2013, with a runoff election scheduled for July 30, 2013 if necessary. Lorena Gonzalez won the May 21 special election. [27] Candidates had until March 29 to file nomination papers.[28][29]
Related: See election information and results here.

Local ballot measures in California

See also: California 2013 local ballot measures

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Voting in California

See also: Voting in California
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Important voting information

  • California uses a blanket primary system, meaning that all candidates compete in the same primary election, regardless of party affiliation. The two who receive the most votes then advance to the general election. This also means the primary is an open primary, meaning that citizens do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the primary.
  • SB1016 (effective January 1, 2006) requires voters to provide their driver's license number or state identification number. If they do not have either, they may use the last four digits of their social security card. If they also do not have a social security card number, the state will assign a unique number which may be used for voting purposes.[30]
  • The deadline for voter registration is currently 15 days prior to the election.
  • As of October 2014, California is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in California, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

California is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

California ranked 48th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. California received an overall score of 48 percent.[31]

See also

References

  1. scpr.org, "Special elections set for Asssembly, Senate seats are costly, draw few voters," July 4, 2013
  2. KBPS.org, "Special Election Set To Fill State Senate Vacancy," March 8, 2013
  3. sos.ca.gov, "Senate District 16 Special Primary Election - May 21, 2013," accessed April 8, 2013
  4. turnto23.com, "Andy Vidak wins 16th State Senate district special election," May 22, 2013
  5. bakersfieldnow.com, "Dramatic turn in special election as Vidak falls below 50 percent of vote," May 24, 2013
  6. visaliatimesdelta.com, "Perez concedes state Senate election to Vidak," July 25, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 KPCC, "Gov. Brown schedules special election for 2 vacant SoCal state Senate seats," January 7, 2013
  8. Champion Newspapers, "Three declare plans to seek vacated State Senate seat," November 20, 2012
  9. Daily Bulletin, "Six Inland Empire politicians plunge into special election for seat in state Senate," January 18, 2013
  10. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  11. pe.com, "SENATE ELECTION: Norma Torres beats Paul Leon for Inland seat," May 14, 2013
  12. Imperial Valley Press, "Special election will fill seat vacated by Vargas," November 14, 2012
  13. U-T San Diego, "2 REPUBLICANS JOIN STATE SENATE RACE," January 19, 2013
  14. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  15. Times Standard, "Del Norte state Sen. Doug LaMalfa resigns, special election to be held," September 5, 2012
  16. California Newswire, "Special Election Proclamation by The Governor of The State of California," September 6, 2012
  17. California Secretary of State, "State Senate District four results," accessed November 15, 2012
  18. Appeal Democrat, "Senate runoff looming," November 23, 2012
  19. News 10, "Republican wins in special Senate election," January 9, 2013
  20. latimes.com, "Jerry Brown calls Dec. 3 election for vacant L.A.-area Assembly seat," September 30, 2013
  21. scpr.org, "Special elections set for Asssembly, Senate seats are costly, draw few voters," July 4, 2013
  22. sos.ca.gov, "AD 45 Special Primary Election - Official Certified List of Candidates," accessed July 31, 2013
  23. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sep17
  24. dailybulletin.com, "Gov. Brown announces special election to fill 52nd District," May 21, 2013
  25. dailybulletin.com, "Nine candidates seek to replace Torres in Assembly," June 2, 2013
  26. latimes.com, "Republican Andy Vidak leading in Central Valley state Senate vote," July 24, 2013
  27. ktvu.com, "Special election set to fill state Assembly seat," March 26, 2013
  28. sos.ca.gov, "Assembly District 80 Special Primary Election - May 21, 2013," accessed April 8, 2013
  29. 10news.com, "Myrtle Cole wins District 4 City Council seat: Lorena Gonzalez takes 80th Assembly District," May 22, 2013
  30. Voter ID info
  31. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014