For nonpartisan offices, the candidate’s political party preference is not listed on the ballot. The following contests are nonpartisan offices:

  • Judge of the Superior Court
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • County Superintendent of Schools
  • Member, Board of Supervisors
  • Assessor / Recorder
  • Auditor-Controller / Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff / Coroner / Public Administrator
  • Mayor
  • Member, City Council

For voter-nominated offices, the candidate’s political party preference is listed on the ballot. The following contests are voter-nominated offices:

  • S. Senator
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Attorney General
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • S. Representative in Congress
  • Member, State Board of Equalization
  • State Senator
  • Member of the State Assembly

A candidate’s party preference does not necessarily mean that they have that political party’s support. The list of candidates who receive a political party’s official endorsement is in the Voter Information Guide.