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Online Candidate Filing Program

San Bernardino County, CA
Program Year: 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters (ROV) developed a program to offer online services to citizens interested in running for office as a means to protect the health and safety of both candidates and staff. ROV takes candidate filings for nearly 225 offices and 300 candidates. With stay-at-home orders in place, ROV was challenged to deliver new online services for the 2020 Presidential General Election in a very short amount of time. ROV needed to develop an accessible program that allowed candidates to run for elective offices while reducing the number of in-person appointments for health and safety reasons.ROV developed and implemented an Online Candidate Filing Program by conducting candidate-filing services via online platforms that not only streamlined the candidate-filing process but also provided candidates with a single point of contact during the candidate-filing process. The Online Candidate Filing Program has been successful at allowing potential citizens who want to run for office to complete the process online. Candidates welcomed the flexibility of being able to attend their appointment in the comfort of their home along with the ease and overall innovation of the application and process.

Mr. Bob Page
Registrar of Voters