This calendar shows established California election dates. For almost all elections, there is an 88-day cutoff for getting measures (like school parcel taxes and Prop. 39 bond measures) on to the ballot, so this calendar also calculates that deadline. The rules for determining the standard dates and for determining when Prop. 39 bond elections can be held follow the calendar.

(This is actually an embedded Google Docs spreadsheet that can be accessed directly.)

Standard Election Dates

The standard elections dates are set in two parts of the Election Code. For es­tablished election polling dates, this is Election Code Section 1000 as amended by AB80 (Fong). For estab­lished mail ballot election dates, this is Election Code Section 1500. Here’s how it works month-by-month for even and odd years:

MonthFor Even YearsFor Odd Years
January
February
MarchFirst Tuesday: Mail-InFirst Tuesday after First Monday: Polling
AprilSecond Tuesday: Polling
MayFirst Tuesday after First Monday: Mail-InFirst Tuesday after First Monday: Mail-In
JuneFirst Tuesday after First Monday: PollingFirst Tuesday after First Monday: Polling
July
AugustLast Tuesday: Mail-InLast Tuesday: Mail-In
September
October
NovemberFirst Tuesday after First Monday: PollingFirst Tuesday after First Monday: Polling
December

Prop. 39 Bond Election Dates

In return for the lower (55%) vote threshold, Prop. 39 bond elections are more restricted in when they can be held. These dates are listed in Education Code 15266 (a). There are three types of dates:

  1. Primary or general elections (June and November of even years)
  2. “a regularly scheduled local election at which all of the electors of the school district, community college district, or school facilities improvement district, as appropriate, are entitled to vote”
  3. Statewide special election

In the West Contra Costa Unified School District, method 2 never applies. Since method 3 can’t be relied on, that leaves the two shots every 2 years in method 1.