Dates and Deadlines for 2018 Primary


Description of Event Deadline
Signatures-In-Lieu of Filing Fee Period Dec 14, 2017 – Feb 7, 2018
Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period Feb 12* – Mar 9
Candidate Statement Period for County Voter Information Guides Feb 12* – Mar 9
Nomination Period Extension of Incumbent Does Not File Mar 10* – Mar 14
Randomize Alphabet Drawing Mar 15
Notice to Candidates for Voter-Nominated Offices Mar 24**
Certified List of Candidates Mar 29

For the Democratic Party Endorsement

Description of Event Deadline
Candidate Filing & Registration for Endorsement Consideration Begins. Dec 4
5:00pm deadline for receipt by mail of candidate filing fees & signed 2018 Registration Form to CDP. January 19
Pre-Endorsing Conferences January 27-28 (Sat – Sun)
Democratic State Convention February 23-25 (Fri – Sun)

A full calendar and explanatory information can be found at the California Secretary of State website.

For more information on the CA Democratic Party endorsements, see the CDP guide.