nomination paper

By Jasmyne Cannick

Nomination Papers and Why Voters Should Sign Them When Asked

Over the next couple of weeks, candidates in California–including myself– will be working hard to qualify to be on the March Primary Election ballot.

Depending on the office a candidate is running for a filing fee and/or a predetermined number of signatures of registered voters in the candidate’s district are required.

I’m going to talk to you about the nomination papers.

Now Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC)–particularly those of a certain age–get real funny about signing anything. Asking them to put their name, address, and signature on something is like asking them for their social security number.

Because most people don’t know the process to run for office or understand what nomination papers are–unless they are your family or friends, candidate’s get a lot of noes.

We need to educate ourselves and the community on the process if we want more of us on the ballot.

Candidates need to have registered voters sign their nomination papers.

A signature means that you are okay with that person being listed on the ballot as a candidate to vote on.  That is it.  You will still have to actually vote for them (or not) when the election happens.  Signing the papers doesn’t even mean that you are committed to vote for them in March.  It just means that as a voter, right now, you’re ok with them getting on the ballot. 

Point. Blank. Period.

So when a candidate for office asks you to sign their nomination papers, if you think they will make a good candidate for the office they are going for, sign them.

BIPOC communities seem to be the only communities that don’t understand the process therefore making it extremely hard for candidates like myself to get the registered number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Nomination papers are similar to the ballot measure and proposition petitions voters are often asked to sign in order to get a new law or an amend existing law on the ballot to be voted on.  It’s just that instead of a law–you are getting a candidate on the ballot.

If you are a registered Democrat and live in one of the following cities or communities, you can sign my nomination papers for the LA County Central Committee in the 55th Assembly District!

Arlington Heights (90019)
Baldwin Hills (90008)
Carthay (90035)
Century City (90067)
Cheviot Hills (90064)
Crenshaw (90008)
Crestview (90019, 90034, 90035)
Culver City (90066, 90230, 90232)
Del Rey (90066)
Fairfax (90036)
Jefferson Park (90018)
Ladera Heights (90056)
Leimert Park (90008)
Mar Vista (90066)
Mid-City (90019, 90048)
Palms (90034)
South Los Angeles
South Robertson
View Park (90043)
West Adams (90016)
Windsor Hills (90043)

DM me if you’re willing to sign my papers to make sure I get on the ballot.

You can also pop into the Spice Salon at 4855 Pico Blvd. to sign my papers.  Just ask for Kennie.

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