§ 300 (a) “Vote by mail voter” means any voter casting a ballot in any …
§ 300.5 “Affiliated with a political party” as used in reference to a voter …
§ 301 A “ballot” means any of the following:(a) The combination of a …
§ 302 “Ballot card” means a card or a number of cards upon which are …
§ 303 “Ballot label” means that portion of the ballot containing the names …
§ 303.3 “Remote accessible vote by mail system” means a mechanical, …
§ 303.4 “Ballot on demand system” means a self-contained system that allows …
§ 303.5 (a) “Ballot title” is the name of a statewide measure included …
§ 304 “Campaign advertising or communication” means a communication …
§ 305 (a)”Candidate,” for purposes of Section 2184, includes any person who …
§ 305.5 (a) “Paper cast vote record” means an auditable document that …
§ 306 “City measure” includes any proposed city charter, any proposed …
§ 307 “Clerk” means the county elections official, registrar of voters, …
§ 308 “District elections official,” for the purposes of initiative and …
§ 309 “Committee,” as used in Article 1 (commencing with Section 20200) of …
§ 310 “County” and “city” both include “city and county.”
§ 312 “County measure” includes any proposed county charter, any proposed …
§ 313 “County office” means the office filled by any county officer.
§ 314 “County officer” means any elected officer enumerated in Division 2 …
§ 316 “Direct primary” is the primary election held on the first Tuesday …
§ 317 “District,” for purposes of initiative and referendum under Chapter 4 …
§ 318 “Election” means any election including a primary that is provided …
§ 319 “Election board” means the board of supervisors of each county, the …
§ 319.5 “Electioneering” means the visible display or audible dissemination …
§ 320 “Elections official” means any of the following:(a) A clerk or …
§ 321 (a) “Elector” means a person who is a United States citizen 18 …
§ 322 “Electoral jurisdiction,” as used in Division 11 (commencing with …
§ 323 “Federal election” means any presidential election, general election, …
§ 324 (a) “General election” means either of the …
§ 325 “Inspector” means the supervisor of the precinct board of which he or …
§ 326 “Judicial office” means the office filled by any judicial officer.
§ 327 “Judicial officer” means any Justice of the Supreme Court, justice of …
§ 328 “Local election” is a municipal, county, or district election.
§ 329 “Measure” means any constitutional amendment or other proposition …
§ 330 “Municipal election” means elections in general law cities and where …
§ 331 “New citizen” means any person who meets all requirements of an …
§ 332 “New resident” means a person who meets all requirements of an …
§ 332.5 “Nominate” means the selection, at a state-conducted primary …
§ 333 “Nomination documents” means declaration of candidacy and nomination …
§ 334 “Nonpartisan office” means an office, except for a voter-nominated …
§ 335 “Oath” includes affirmation.
§ 335.5 The “official canvass” is the public process of processing and …
§ 336 The “official summary date” is the date a circulating title and …
§ 336.5 (a) “One percent manual tally” is the public process of manually …
§ 336.7 “Out-of-state emergency worker” means a voter who is officially …
§ 337 “Partisan office” or “party-nominated office” means any of the …
§ 338 “Party” means a political party or organization that has qualified …
§ 338.5 “Polling place” means a location where a voter casts a ballot and …
§ 338.6 “Precinct” means a geographical area within a county that is made up …
§ 339 (a) “Precinct board” is the board appointed by the elections …
§ 340 “Presidential primary” is the primary election that is held on the …
§ 341 “Primary election” includes all primary nominating elections provided …
§ 342 “Proponent or proponents of an initiative or referendum measure” …
§ 343 “Proponent or proponents of a recall petition” means the person or …
§ 344 “Punchcard” means a tabulating card on which the voter may record his …
§ 345 “Punching” includes marking a ballot card to record a vote.
§ 346 “Rebuttable presumption” shall be deemed a presumption which affects …
§ 348 “Regular election” is an election, the specific time for the holding …
§ 349 (a) “Residence” for voting purposes means a person’s …
§ 349.5 “Roster” means the official list of voters for an election, which may …
§ 350 “School measure” means any proposition, including but not limited to, …
§ 351 “School office” means the office filled by any school officer.
§ 352 “School officer” means the Superintendent of Public Instruction and …
§ 353 “Section” means a section of this code unless some other statute is …
§ 353.5 The “semifinal official canvass” is the public process of collecting, …
§ 354 “Shall” is mandatory and “may” is permissive.
§ 354.5 (a) “Signature” includes either of the following:(1) A …
§ 355 “Software” includes all programs, voting devices, cards, ballot cards …
§ 356 “Special election” is an election, the specific time for the holding …
§ 356.5 “Spouse” includes “registered domestic partner,” as required by …
§ 357 “Statewide election” is an election held throughout the state.
§ 357.5 “Vote center” means a location established for holding elections that …
§ 358 “Vote tabulating device” means any piece of equipment, other than a …
§ 359 “Voter” means any elector who is registered under this code.
§ 359.2 “Voter list” means the list of registered voters in a single or …
§ 359.5 (a) “Voter-nominated office” means a congressional or state …
§ 360 “Voting device” means any device used in conjunction with a ballot …
§ 361 “Voting machine” means any electronic device, including, but not …
§ 362 “Voting system” means a mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic …

Terms Used In California Codes > Elections Code > Division 0.5 > Chapter 4 - Definitions

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Authorized user: means either of the following:

    California Elections Code 354.5

  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • ballot: means any of the following:

    California Elections Code 301

  • Ballot card: means a card or a number of cards upon which are printed, or identified by reference to the ballot, the names of candidates for nomination or election to one or more offices or the ballot titles of one or more measures. See California Elections Code 302
  • Ballot label: means that portion of the ballot containing the names of the candidates or a statement of a measure. See California Elections Code 303
  • Ballot title and summary: means the summary of the chief purpose and points including the fiscal impact summary of any measure that appears in the state voter information guide. See California Elections Code 303.5
  • board: means any entity listed in Section 101, the entities referred to in Sections 1000 and 3600, the State Bar, the Department of Real Estate, and any other state agency that issues a license, certificate, or registration authorizing a person to engage in a business or profession. See California Business and Professions Code 31
  • Board: means the Respiratory Care Board of California. See California Business and Professions Code 3704
  • candidate: includes any officeholder who is subject to a recall election. See California Elections Code 305
  • Circulating title and summary: means the text that is required to be placed on a petition for signatures that is either one of the following:

    California Elections Code 303.5

  • City: includes city and county. See California Business and Professions Code 18
  • Classification: means that each position in the classified service shall have a designated title, a regular minimum number of assigned hours per day, days per week, and months per year, a specific statement of the duties required to be performed by the employees in each such position, and the regular monthly salary ranges for each such position. See California Education Code 88001
  • Clerk: means the county elections official, registrar of voters, city clerk, or other officer or board charged with the duty of conducting any election. See California Elections Code 307
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • County: includes city and county. See California Food and Agricultural Code 29
  • County: includes city and county. See California Business and Professions Code 17
  • County officer: means any elected officer enumerated in Division 2 (commencing with Section 24000) of Title 3 of the Government Code. See California Elections Code 314
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Demotion: means assignment to an inferior position or status without the employee's written voluntary consent. See California Education Code 88001
  • Department: means the Department of Food and Agriculture. See California Food and Agricultural Code 32
  • Department: means the Department of Consumer Affairs. See California Business and Professions Code 3704
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Disability: means a medical condition, mental disability, or physical disability, as those terms are defined in subdivisions (i), (j), and (l) of Section 12926 of the Government Code. See California Elections Code 354.5
  • Disciplinary action: includes any action whereby an employee is deprived of any classification or any incident of any classification in which he or she has permanence, including dismissal, suspension, demotion, or any reassignment, without his or her voluntary consent, except a layoff for lack of work or lack of funds. See California Education Code 88001
  • Election: means any election including a primary that is provided for under this code. See California Elections Code 318
  • Electioneering: means the visible display or audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot within 100 feet of a polling place, a vote center, an elections official's office, or a satellite location under Section 3018. See California Elections Code 319.5
  • Elections official: means any of the following:

    California Elections Code 320

  • Elector: means a person who is a United States citizen 18 years of age or older and, except as specified in subdivision (b), is a resident of an election precinct in this state on or before the day of an election. See California Elections Code 321
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Federal election: means any presidential election, general election, primary election, or special election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting, nominating, or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, or Member of the United States House of Representatives. See California Elections Code 323
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • General election: means either of the following:

    California Elections Code 324

  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Judicial officer: means any Justice of the Supreme Court, justice of a court of appeal, or judge of the superior court. See California Elections Code 327
  • licensed clinic: means a clinic licensed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 1200) of Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code. See California Business and Professions Code 4027
  • Licensee: means any person authorized by a license, certificate, registration, or other means to engage in a business or profession regulated by this code or referred to in Sections 1000 and 3600. See California Business and Professions Code 23.8
  • Measure: means any constitutional amendment or other proposition submitted to a popular vote at any election. See California Elections Code 329
  • Military or overseas voter: means an elector absent from the county in which he or she is otherwise eligible to vote who is any of the following:

    California Elections Code 300

  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • New resident: means a person who meets all requirements of an elector of the State of California except that his or her residency was established subsequent to the 15th day prior to the election. See California Elections Code 332
  • Nominate: means the selection, at a state-conducted primary election, of candidates who are entitled by law to participate in the general election for that office, but does not mean any other lawful mechanism that a political party may adopt for the purposes of choosing the candidate who is preferred by the party for a nonpartisan or voter-nominated office. See California Elections Code 332.5
  • Paper cast vote record: means an auditable document that corresponds to the selection made on the voter's ballot and lists the contests on the ballot and the voter's selections for those contests. See California Elections Code 305.5
  • Party: means a political party or organization that has qualified for participation in any primary or presidential general election. See California Elections Code 338
  • permanent employee: includes tenure in the classification in which the employee passed the required probationary period and includes all of the incidents of that classification. See California Education Code 88001
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Polling place: means a location where a voter casts a ballot and includes the following terms, as applicable: poll, polling location, and vote center. See California Elections Code 338.5
  • Precinct: means a geographical area within a county that is made up of voters and is formed pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12200) of Division 12. See California Elections Code 338.6
  • precinct board: means the board appointed by the elections official to serve at a vote center. See California Elections Code 339
  • Primary election: includes all primary nominating elections provided for by this code. See California Elections Code 341
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Punchcard: means a tabulating card on which the voter may record his or her vote by punching, marking, or slotting. See California Elections Code 344
  • Punching: includes marking a ballot card to record a vote. See California Elections Code 345
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Regular election: is a n election, the specific time for the holding of which is prescribed by law. See California Elections Code 348
  • Remote accessible vote by mail system: means a mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic system and its software that is used for the sole purpose of marking an electronic vote by mail ballot for a voter with disabilities or a military or overseas voter who shall print the paper cast vote record to be submitted to the elections official. See California Elections Code 303.3
  • Respiratory care: includes "respiratory therapy" or "inhalation therapy" where those terms mean respiratory care. See California Business and Professions Code 3704
  • Roster: means the official list of voters for an election, which may be in paper or electronic form. See California Elections Code 349.5
  • School officer: means the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the superintendent of schools of a county. See California Elections Code 352
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Signature: includes either of the following:

    California Elections Code 354.5

  • Signature stamp: means a stamp that contains the impression of any of the following:

    California Elections Code 354.5

  • Software: includes all programs, voting devices, cards, ballot cards or papers, operating manuals or instructions, test procedures, printouts, and other nonmechanical or nonelectrical items necessary to the operation of a voting system. See California Elections Code 355
  • Special election: is a n election, the specific time for the holding of which is not prescribed by law. See California Elections Code 356
  • Spouse: includes "registered domestic partner" as required by Section 297. See California Elections Code 356.5
  • State: means the State of California, unless applied to the different parts of the United States. See California Business and Professions Code 21
  • State agency: includes every state office, officer, department, division, bureau, board, authority, and commission. See California Business and Professions Code 3704
  • Statewide election: is a n election held throughout the state. See California Elections Code 357
  • Subdivision: means a subdivision of the section in which that term occurs unless some other section is expressly mentioned. See California Food and Agricultural Code 49
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Vote center: means a location established for holding elections that offers the services described in Sections 2170, 4005, and 4007. See California Elections Code 357.5
  • Voter: means any elector who is registered under this code. See California Elections Code 359
  • Voter list: means the list of registered voters in a single or consolidated precinct or in an entire county. See California Elections Code 359.2
  • Voter-nominated office: means a congressional or state elective office for which a candidate may choose to have his or her party preference or lack of party preference indicated upon the ballot. See California Elections Code 359.5
  • Voting device: means any device used in conjunction with a ballot card or cards to indicate the choice of the voter by marking, punching, or slotting the ballot card. See California Elections Code 360
  • Voting machine: means any electronic device, including, but not limited to, a precinct optical scanner and a direct recording voting system, into which a voter may enter his or her votes, and which, by means of electronic tabulation and generation of printouts or other tangible, human-readable records, furnishes a total of the number of votes cast for each candidate and for or against each measure. See California Elections Code 361
  • Voting system: means a mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic system and its software, or any combination of these used for casting a ballot, tabulating votes, or both. See California Elections Code 362