What is Electioneering?

"Electioneering" is defined in California Elections Code section 319.5 as "the visible display or audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot within 100 feet of a polling place, a vote center, an elections official's office, or a satellite location under Section 3018." This effectively means electioneering cannot be conducted within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place. Prohibited materials and information include, but are not limited to:

  • A display of a candidate's name, likeness, or logo
  • A display of a ballot measure's number, title, subject, or logo
  • Buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing information about candidates or issues on the ballot
  • Any audible broadcasting of information about candidates or measures on the ballot
  • Loitering near or disseminating visible or audible electioneering information near a vote-by-mail drop-box

It should be noted that a campaign slogan or a political movement slogan (or the initials representing the campaign or political movement - i.e. BLM, MAGA, etc.) does not constitute electioneering under the legal definition of electioneering as stated above. Accordingly, the display of slogans on clothing, face coverings, and/or buttons is not prohibited.

Any person who violates any of the provisions of Election Code 18370 Electioneering is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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3. What is California Voter Participation Rights Act?
4. What is Electioneering?
5. What is Corruption of the Voting Process?