Information for Candidates

First Step
The Political Committee Statement of Organization or $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed before making any expenditures, accepting any contributions, distributing campaign literature or circulating petitions.

It is unlawful for a candidate to start campaign activities before filing a Statement of Organization or a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement with the County Elections Department. State law requires that a new Statement of Organization or $500 Threshold Statement be filed before each election. Also, any change of committee information, such as new officers, must be reported to the filing officer within 5 business days. These changes are reported by filing an amended Statement of Organization.

Blank Political Committee Forms
For your convenience, these forms may be printed out for submission to the Elections Department. These forms may be used by Candidate Campaign Committees active in Santa Cruz County, or Political Action Committees active in Santa Cruz County.

2016 Candidate Packets
2016 Candidate packets are now available. For further information, please contact the Santa Cruz County Elections office at 520-375-7808.