"Qualifying period" means the period during which candidates are permitted to collect qualifying contributions in order to qualify for Fair Elections funding. It begins 270 days before the primary election and ends 90 days before the day of the primary election for party candidates and begins any time after January 1 of the election year and lasts 180 days, but in no event ending later than 90 days, before the general election for performance-qualified candidates who are running as independent candidates.
(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 735, Sec. 4.)