Existing law provides for the statewide election of a slate of electors to vote in the electoral college for the President and Vice President of the United States. Existing law requires the Secretary of State to place the names of each qualified political party’s candidates for President and Vice President on the ballot for the ensuing general election.
This bill would require each qualified political party, on or before the 75th day before a presidential general election, to notify the Secretary of State of the names of the party’s nominees for President and Vice President or, if the party has not held its national convention by the 75th day before the election, the party’s apparent nominees for President and Vice President.
If a candidate for elective office changes their name within one year of an
election, existing law prohibits printing the candidate’s new name on the ballot for that election unless the name change was made by marriage or a court decree.
This bill would exempt candidates for President and Vice President from that prohibition.