California Bill, Easing Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fee in Special Elections, Passes Assembly

On May 27, the California Assembly passed AB 2233, which makes it easier for candidates to get on the ballot in special elections. The bill reduces the number of signatures in lieu of filing fee, so that the number of signatures is proportionate to the number of days permitted for collecting the signatures. Petitions in lieu of filing fee in regularly-scheduled elections are 3,000 for U.S. House and State Senate, and 1,500 for Assembly. The period for regularly-scheduled elections is 45 days. If the bill is signed into law, if the special election petitioning period were only 9 days (which sometimes happens), the number of signatures for U.S. House and State Senate would be 600, and for Assembly 300.

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