As the June 7, 2022 election season heats up, candidates and consultants should keep in mind that the law allows campaigns to challenge false, misleading or improper information which will appear in the voter information pamphlet and/or on the ballot. These include candidate ballot designations, candidate statements, arguments for or against ballot measures, and even ballot questions. For the most part, filing a lawsuit is the exclusive means to compel changes to these materials.
These pre-election legal challenges must be brought during very strict time periods:
• For challenges to candidate ballot designations and candidate statements, the lawsuit filing period is generally March 12th to 21st.
• For challenges to ballot arguments, the period is generally March 19th to 28th.
These dates are subject to some exceptions, may be different in certain cities or counties, and additional dates and deadlines may apply – so please contact us as soon as possible if you are considering challenging an opponent’s ballot materials.
In addition, you might consider having us review your ballot materials before submitting them to the elections official, to make them as “bulletproof” as possible with regard to a potential legal challenge.
If you are interested in knowing more about pre-election litigation, please feel free to contact Jim, Brad, Matthew or Nick.
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THIS ALERT IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.
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