California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 562

Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 24, 2015

An act to amend Section 13109 of the Elections Code, relating to ballots.


AB 562, as introduced, Holden. Elections: ballots.

Existing law sets forth the order of precedence of offices and measures on the ballot and, among other things, requires the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to be listed on the ballot under the heading, SCHOOL.

This bill would instead require the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to be listed under the heading, STATE. This bill would also remove other instructions relating to the placement of this office on the ballot.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 13109 of the Elections Code is amended
2to read:



The order of precedence of offices on the ballot shall
4be as listed below for those offices and measures that apply to the
5election for which this ballot is provided. Beginning in the column
6to the left:

7(a) Under the heading, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT:

P2    1Nominees of the qualified political parties and independent
2nominees for President and Vice President.

3(b) Under the heading, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

5(1) Names of the presidential candidates to whom the delegates
6are pledged.

7(2) Names of the chairpersons of unpledged delegations.

8(c) Under the heading, STATE:

9(1) Governor.

10(2) Lieutenant Governor.

11(3) Secretary of State.

12(4) Controller.

13(5) Treasurer.

14(6) Attorney General.

15(7) Insurance Commissioner.

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16(8) Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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18begin insert(9)end insert Member, State Board of Equalization.

19(d) Under the heading, UNITED STATES SENATOR:

20Candidates or nominees to the United States Senate.

21(e) Under the heading, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE:

22Candidates or nominees to the House of Representatives of the
23United States.

24(f) Under the heading, STATE SENATOR:

25Candidates or nominees to the State Senate.

26(g) Under the heading, MEMBER OF THE STATE

28Candidates or nominees to the Assembly.

29(h) Under the heading, COUNTY COMMITTEE:

30Members of the County Central Committee.

31(i) Under the heading, JUDICIAL:

32(1) Chief Justice of California.

33(2) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

34(3) Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal.

35(4) Associate Justice, Court of Appeal.

36(5) Judge of the Superior Court.

37(6) Marshal.

38(j) Under the heading, SCHOOL:

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39(1) Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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P3    1begin insert(1)end insert County Superintendent of Schools.

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3begin insert(2)end insert County Board of Education Members.

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5begin insert(3)end insert College District Governing Board Members.

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7begin insert(4)end insert Unified District Governing Board Members.

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9begin insert(5)end insert High School District Governing Board Members.

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11begin insert(6)end insert Elementary District Governing Board Members.

12(k) Under the heading, COUNTY:

13(1) County Supervisor.

14(2) Other offices in alphabetical order by the title of the office.

15(l) Under the heading, CITY:

16(1) Mayor.

17(2) Member, City Council.

18(3) Other offices in alphabetical order by the title of the office.

19(m) Under the heading, DISTRICT:

20Directors or trustees for each district in alphabetical order
21according to the name of the district.

22(n) Under the heading, MEASURES SUBMITTED TO THE
23VOTERS and the appropriate heading from subdivisions (a)
24through (m), above, ballot measures in the order, state through
25district shown above, and within each jurisdiction, in the order
26prescribed by the official certifying them for the ballot.

27(o) In order to allow for the most efficient use of space on the
28ballot in counties that use a voting system, as defined in Section
29362, the county elections official may vary the order of
30subdivisions (j), (k), (l), (m), and (n) as well as the order of offices
31within these subdivisions. However,begin delete the office of Superintendent
32of Public Instruction shall always precede any school, county, or
33city office, andend delete
state measures shall always precede local measures.