Is there a filing fee involved in my candidacy?
No. The City of Riverbank does not require a filing fee for candidates wishing to file nomination papers. However, a deposit of $700 will be required to cover the cost of printing and translating your Candidate’s Statement if you choose to file one.
What if I change my mind about being a candidate after filing nomination papers?
You may withdraw as a candidate at any time PRIOR to the close of the nomination period, which is Friday, March 8, 2013. After that date, you are NOT permitted to withdraw, and your name will appear on the ballot.
What happens if some of the signatures I obtain on my nomination papers are not registered voters or do not live within the City?
Your are encouraged to file your nomination paper early to allow for time to circulate a supplemental paper should you not have sufficient signatures. Failure to obtain 20 valid signatures means you did not qualify to run for office.
May I sign my own nomination papers?
Yes. You and any qualified relatives may sign your papers.
When will I be informed of my candidate qualification status?
You will be informed in writing or via email as soon as your nomination paper is qualified or disqualified by the County Clerk.
Can I change or correct my Candidate’s Statement after it has been submitted?
No. Please check your Candidate’s Statement carefully before it is submitted.
If I submit a Candidate’s Statement, and I change my mind, may I withdraw the statement?
Yes. The statement may be WITHDRAWN, BUT NOT CHANGED, during the period for filing nomination papers and until 5:p.m. of then next working day after the close of the nomination period.
When will the official results of the election be received and certified as correct?
The Register of Voters has 28 days to canvass the election and certify the results.
When officeholders or candidates receive contributions of $1,000 or more, are they required to have a committee?
Yes. An officeholder or candidate who receives contributions (including loans) that total $1,000 or more in a calendar year must file a Statement of Organization, Form 410.
If I am only spending my own money on my campaign, do I still need to file a Campaign Statement?
Yes. You are still subject to the filing requirements of the Political Reform Act.
Must a committee wait until $1,000 is received to file a Statement of Organization?
No. A committee may file a Statement of Organization before it actually qualifies. “Not yet qualified” should be entered in the “Date Qualified” space on the form.
Why is there so much paperwork involved in being a candidate?
State law requires that you file the appropriate materials to assure the voters that you are fully disclosing all information pertinent to you candidacy. The purpose of the requirements is to ensure a fair and democratic electoral process.