Fresno, Tulare County’s election nomination deadlines approach

The deadlines for election candidate applications draw near as the counties prepare for the 2024 elections

(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published December 6, 2023  • 
12:00 pm

TULARE & FRESNO COUNTY– Both Tulare and Fresno counties are giving the last call for nomination applications for anyone interested in running in the 2024 election. 

Tulare County Registrar of Voters and Fresno County Registrar of Voters are reminding all voters that the Presidential Primary Election will be held on March 5, 2024; and for any candidates seeking to run for an office this election season, the last call to file for the nomination period is on Friday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

James Kuse, the Fresno County Clerk registrar voters clerk/registrar, explained that those who want to apply as a nominee for the Congressional, Assembly, county supervisor, city and etc. races for 2024 should plan enough time to have their paperwork done before Friday, Dec. 8. This is due to the amount of time and dozens of signatures from registered voters in the jurisdiction that are required for the application.

“You can’t start the process at 5 p.m. for this election,” Kuse said. “We really encourage folks to come in earlier than that so that we can help our candidates have the longest period of time to go out and get those signatures.”

Kuse also mentioned that both Registrars of Voters offices have an unofficial candidate list online for voters who want to stay updated on the election. Kuse explained that the list of candidates in Fresno is updated every night.

“It’s always good to get going early and to be able to make educated decisions about your candidates of choice,” Kuse said.

Nomination forms, candidate guides and a Presidential Primary Election Calendar that have lists of important deadlines are available at the Registrar of Voters offices as well as online. All paperwork must be turned in to the registrar of voters offices in person.

Those currently holding elected offices already, who do not file to run again by 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, the nomination period will be extended for that incumbent’s seat. During this extension period, any person – other than the incumbent – has until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to file at Tulare County Registrar of Voters 5300 W. Tulare Ave., Suite 105 in Visalia, and 2221 Kern St., Fresno

The hours for the Tulare County office are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Fresno County office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information regarding the offices that will go into extension, please contact the Tulare County Registrar of Voters Office at 559 839-2100 or go to their website at www.tularecoelections.org; and the  Fresno County Registrar of Voters Office at 559-488-3246, or at the office’s website at www.fresnocountyca.gov.

Mid Valley Times Staff