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California Fair Elections Act Of 2008; Legal Defense, Ballot Pamphlet Statements   

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(a) A candidate for Secretary of State who is a participating candidate may place a statement in the state ballot pamphlet that does not exceed 250 words. The statement shall not make any reference to any opponent of the candidate. The candidate may also provide a list of up to 10 endorsers for placement in the state ballot pamphlet or sample ballot, as appropriate. This statement and list of endorsers shall be submitted in accordance with timeframes and procedures set forth by the Secretary of State for the preparation of the state ballot pamphlets and by county elections officials for the preparation of sample ballots.

(b) A nonparticipating candidate for Secretary of State may pay to place a statement in the state ballot pamphlet that does not exceed 250 words. A nonparticipating candidate may also pay to place a list of up to 10 endorsers in the state ballot pamphlet or sample ballot, as appropriate. The statement shall not make any reference to any opponent of the candidate. This statement and list of endorsers shall be submitted in accordance with timeframes and procedures set forth by the Secretary of State for the preparation of the state ballot pamphlets and by county elections officials for the preparation of sample ballots. The nonparticipating candidate shall be charged the pro rata cost of printing, handling, translating, and mailing any ballot pamphlet statement and list of endorsers provided pursuant to this subdivision.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 735, Sec. 4.)