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|Elections in California
Elections in California are held to fill
various state and federal seats. In California, regular elections are held every
even year (such as 2006 and 2008), however the seats being decided
each year varies, as the terms of office for certain seats varies.
are also held to fill certain seats at other points in time.
Additionally, statewide referenda both initiatives and legislative referrals) and recall election
can also be held.
Every four years (since 1792), the United States holds an indirect
election for President and Vice President. In
such elections, voters cast their votes for a slate of
representatives (electors) who have pledged to cast their votes for
a particular presidential and vice presidential candidate (a ticket) in
the Electoral College.
During the election, the voters of the state select the slate of
electors on the ballot by voting for the ticket that they are
pledged to. The slate of electors pledged to the ticket with the
most votes statewide gets to vote in the Electoral College.
Although, the electors are not obligated to vote for the candidates
they are pledged to, they usually do. The number of electors the
state is allocated is equal to the number representatives in Congress that the state has (the
members in the House of
Representatives, plus the two senators).
California has a gubernatorial election every four years
and, in 2003, it had a recall
election. Primary elections were held in March
or June until 2008, when they were held in February. General
elections, which cover state-wide issues, are held in November.
On a county-by-county basis, elections also cover municipal issues.
In addition, a special election can occur at any time.
There are six qualified political parties:
Due to the first-past-the-post electoral
system used in California, only the Democratic Party and Republican
Party currently have representation in the State Legislature.
However, Audie Bock, a
member of the Green Party, was elected in 1999 under what some call
special election musical
Local elections in California at the county and city level are
officially non-partisan and political party affiliations are not
included on local election ballots.
See lists on the side for past election results.
Election law in