Central Committee Elections

Central Committee Elections

Deadline to file: December 6, 2019

Benefits of being a Central Committee member:

  • Priority to be appointed as DPOC County Party delegates to the California Democratic Party.
  • Guide the DPOC’s direction in county politics through your voice and vote.
  • Gain a better understanding of the DPOC’s role vis-a-vis the California Democratic Party, Democratic clubs, Democratic elected officials, and progressive activists.
DPOC Central Committee members are elected every four years by registered Democratic voters. Elections are managed by the OC Registrar of Voters, so filing a campaign for Central Committee is very similar to filing a campaign for public office. Click here for complete list of election deadlines. For more information, contact the Registrar at (714) 567-7600 or rovwebmaster@rov.ocgov.com.

Election: Presidential Primary Elections
Length of Term: Four years
Filing Deadline: December 6, 2019

Candidates for Central Committee do not pay a Filing Fee.

Online Portal


A custom online Candidate Filing portal is available at ocvote.com.  This portal allows candidates to start the Candidate Filing process and download many of the required documents prior to filing the documents at the Registrar of Voters’ office. Hover over “Voting” and then select “Online Candidate Filing” in the drop-down menu under “Candidate Info,” or click on the link below.

Candidate Filing cannot be totally completed online due to State law, so save time by scheduling an appointment online at ocvote.com/appointments to complete the candidate filing process in person. Appointments are available in the morning and evening.



A candidate for Member, County Central Committee must:
• be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time Nomination Papers are issued to the person;
• be 18 years old by Election Day;
• a citizen of the state;
• be registered as affiliated with the political party of that committee at the time of his/her appointment or election;
• be affiliated with the political party of the nomination for which he/she seeks at the time of presentation of the Declaration of Candidacy and continuously for not less than twelve months immediately prior to that time;
• eligible to take the oath of office and be able to be bonded in the amounts provided for by statute; and
• not have been convicted of designated crimes specified in the Constitution and laws of the State.

Steps to Become a Member, County Central Committee:


The following are Candidate Filing steps for a Member, County Central Committee candidate to complete (Note: Some of the steps are optional).
  1. Candidate Information Statement (Mandatory): The candidate completes this document to provide basic information to the Registrar of Voters. The Candidate Information Statement is not public record.
  2. Nomination Papers (Mandatory): Nomination signatures must be obtained to become a candidate for Member, County Central Committee. The Nomination Papers are public record.
  3. Ballot Designation Worksheet (Mandatory if Ballot Designation is desired): For a candidate to have a Ballot Designation printed on the ballot, he/she must complete a Ballot Designation Worksheet. It is optional for the candidate to have a Ballot Designation on the ballot, but if he/she wants to do so, the Ballot Designation Worksheet must be completed to support that designation. The Ballot Designation Worksheet and the Ballot Designation are public record.
  4. Code of Fair Campaign Practices (Optional): By subscribing to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices, a candidate vows to follow the principles of decency, honesty, and fair play. The Code of Fair Campaign Practices form is public record.
  5. Campaign Finance Reports (Mandatory): All candidates for Member, County Central Committee must file campaign finance reports. A campaign finance kit is provided each election that provides details and deadlines. Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements are public record.
  6. Declaration of Candidacy (Mandatory): This is the final step of Candidate Filing. The Declaration of Candidacy is the document on which the candidate indicates how he/she wants his/her name to appear on the ballot and what Ballot Designation he/she desires, if any. It also contains the Oath of Office. The Declaration of Candidacy is public record.
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