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Candidate Guidelines

Candidate guidelines for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election

Candidate Guidelines (in PDF)

Candidate Seminar Video


For general candidate information or to request an appointment to file for office please contact us at (831) 796-1499 or via the online contact form.

Attention Candidates

In the interest of public health and safety, candidates can expect some changes to this year’s candidate filing process. We are working closely with our local and state partner agencies to remain abreast of what is a very fluid situation. Please check this site often as we will be adding important information.


The candidate filing process will be conducted via PHONE APPOINTMENTS followed by multiple options for executing signature documents.


The filing period for November is July 13 – August 7. Candidate forms will only be available during this time and must be completed and submitted within this timeframe.


We are available from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday by phone or email:


Phone: (831) 796-1499

Email: CandidateServices@co.monterey.ca.us



How can you begin preparing for your candidacy?

  1. Verify you are registered to vote in the district for the office you plan to run for.
    • Call 831-796-1499 or
    • Check your voter status here


  1. Prepare any campaign contact information you want us to share with voters (phone numbers, mailing address, email address, website, if applicable). This information will be due at the time of filing and will not be accepted after the close of the candidate filing period.


  1. Review FPPC applicable forms, manual, rules and regulations or visit www.fppc.ca.gov.
    • Manual 2 – Information for Local Candidates
    • Form 501 must be filed before you raise or spend a single penny with Monterey County Elections.
    • Form 410file this form if you anticipate spending more than $2,000 for your candidacy. File this form with the Secretary of State (address in the instructions) and a copy with Monterey County Elections.
    • Form 470file this form if you anticipate spending less than $2,000 for your candidacy. You will file this form with Monterey County Elections.
    • Form 700all candidates will file this form with Monterey County Elections


  1. Schedule your initial phone appointment. To schedule your appointment:



Helpful Links

Click here for City Clerk Info – Candidates running for city offices must file with their city clerk.

Click here for Monterey County Elections Electronic Filing System – Public Access Portal to review financial information provided by candidates and committees.