Candidate Instructional Guide - November 2022 Election

Ballot Designation

Vocation means a trade, religious calling, or the work upon which a person, in most but not all cases, relies for their livelihood and spends a major portion of their time. As defined, vocations may include, but are not limited to, religiousministry, child rearing, homemaking, elderly and dependent care, and engaging in trades such as carpentry, cabinetmaking, plumbing, and the like. Examples include: Priest, Homemaker, or Electrician. Occupation means the employment in which one regularly engages or follows as the means of making a livelihood. Examples include: Rancher, Construction Worker, or Police Officer. If a candidate is licensed by the State of California to engage in a profession, vocation or occupation, the candidate is entitled to consider it as their principal profession, vocation or occupation if the candidate has a current, active license as of the date of filing nomination documents and has complied with all applicable requirements respective of the licensure, such as payment of licensing fees. A candidate may not use a ballot designation based on a license that is inactive, suspended or revoked by the issuing agency. A candidate may engage in multiple principal professions, vocations or occupations. Accordingly, the candidate may designate multiple principal professions, vocations or occupations. If a candidate proposes a designation of this type, the designation shall be limited to three words and be separated by a slash “/”. Each principal profession, vocation or occupation shall independently qualify as a principal profession, vocation or occupation. For example: Legislator/Rancher/Physician; or Teacher/Construction Worker. Punctuation shall be limited to the use of a comma “,” or a slash “/”. A hyphen may only be used if the hyphen is called for in the spelling of the word as it appears in a standard reference dictionary of the English language. An acronym shall be counted as one word. All California geographical names shall be considered one word and shall be limited to the names of cities, counties and states. Elections Code does not consider the names of special districts and political subdivisions to be geographical names. If the candidate desires, the geographical name may be used in the form of “City of …, ” “County of …,” or “City and County of …” Examples of geographical names considered to be one word include City and County of San Francisco, Los Angeles County and County of Sacramento. General

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