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ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS
ARTICLE II OFFICERS OF THE CITY
ARTICLE III POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL
ARTICLE IV POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
ARTICLE V SALARIES AND BONDS
ARTICLE VI ORGANIZATION OF CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS
ARTICLE VII DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY
ARTICLE VIII CITY PLANNING
ARTICLE IX CIVIL SERVICE
ARTICLE X DEPARTMENT OF FIRE
ARTICLE XI HARBOR DEPARTMENT
ARTICLE XII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
ARTICLE XIII DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL REGULATION
ARTICLE XIV DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY
ARTICLE XV DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL ARTS
ARTICLE XVI DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS
ARTICLE XVII DEPARTMENT OF PENSIONS
ARTICLE XVIII DEPARTMENT OF PENSIONS
ARTICLE XIX POLICE DEPARTMENT
ARTICLE XX DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION
ARTICLE XXI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICE
ARTICLE XXII DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER
ARTICLE XXIII DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
ARTICLE XXIV DEPARTMENT OF AIRPORTS
ARTICLE XXV DEPARTMENT OF TRAFFIC
ARTICLE XXVI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ARTICLE XXVII ELECTIONS
ARTICLE XXVIII FINANCE
ARTICLE XXIX BUREAU OF BUDGET AND EFFICIENCY
ARTICLE XXX BOROUGHS
ARTICLE XXXI MISCELLANEOUS
ARTICLE XXXII SUCCESSION
ARTICLE XXXIII SETTLEMENT OF EXISTING CONTROVERSIES BETWEEN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES AND CERTAIN CORPORATIONS SUPPLYING SAID CITY AND ITS INHABITANTS WITH GAS AND OR
ARTICLE XXXIV CITY EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
ARTICLE XXXV SAFETY MEMBERS PENSION PLAN
ARTICLE XXXVI CITY ETHICS COMMISSION; SPECIAL
APPENDIX A TABLE OF INCORPORATION AND CHARTERS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES WITH AMENDMENTS
APPENDEX B Table of Charter Amendments
APPENDEX C Table of Cases Cited
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CHAPTER III
CANDIDATES AND CANDIDATE PROCESSING PROCEDURES
Sec. 300.  Candidate Qualifications.
(a)   To be eligible for nomination or election to any office under the Charter, a person must be a registered voter of the City or of the School District in the case of candidates for the Board of Education, at the time of his or her nomination and election, and have been a resident of the City, in the case of candidates for Mayor, Controller, or City Attorney, or of the Council District or Board District from which he or she is nominated or elected in the case of candidates for City Council and Board of Education, for at least 30 days immediately preceding the first day upon which candidates could file a Declaration of Intention to run for office at that election. When an election is to be held to fill a vacancy in an elected office and the Charter does not require the filing of a Declaration of Intention to run for that office, the 30 day residency requirement shall be measured from and precede the first day upon which candidates are permitted to secure Nominating Petitions for that office from the City Clerk.
(b)   The City Attorney must be qualified to practice in all the courts of the state, and must have been so qualified for at least five years immediately preceding his or her election.  The City Attorney shall devote his or her entire time to the duties of the office.
(c)   No one shall be eligible to file a Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate, or for election or appointment to any elected City office, who, within the prior five years:
(1)   was convicted of a felony or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to a felony charge; or
(2)   was convicted of a violation of the conflict of interest or governmental ethics provisions of the Charter, City ordinances, or state or federal law, unless the court at the time of sentencing specifically determines that this provision shall not apply.
Sec. 301.  Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.
(a)   Each candidate for nomination to any elected office shall sign and file with the City Clerk a sworn Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate for that office.  The Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate must be made on a form furnished by the City Clerk, and shall include an affidavit by the candidate that the candidate possesses all necessary legal qualifications to be a candidate for the designated office. The Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate shall be filed not earlier than 120 days, nor later than 115 days prior to the Primary Nominating Election.
(b)   When a Special Election is held to fill a vacancy in an elected office where the filing period for the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate is not specified in the Charter, the Election Ordinance ordering the Special Election shall specify the filing period for the Declaration of Intention provided that:
(1)   The filing period may not be for a period of less than six days.
(2)   The filing period may start concurrently with the period for obtaining nominating petitions.
In all other matters the filing of the Declaration of Intention shall conform with the provisions of Paragraph (a) above.
Sec. 302.  Restrictions on Filing and Withdrawal of Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.
A candidate may not file a Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate for more than one office at the same Primary Nominating Election. Prior to the issuance of a Nominating Petition, a candidate may withdraw the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate for the office designated therein by filing a written statement with the City Clerk.  In that case, a candidate may file a new Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate for another office not later than 115 days prior to the Primary Nominating Election.
Sec. 303.  Statement Of Economic Interests.
Each candidate for Mayor, City Attorney, Controller and Member of the City Council, including Write-in Candidates, shall file a Statement of Economic Interests that itemizes investments, interests in real property and income, except for gifts, received in the previous 12 month period.  The statement shall be filed with the City Ethics Commission no later than the final filing date for filing the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.  A Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate shall not be valid unless a Statement of Economic Interests has been submitted by the final filing date for the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.
Sec. 304.  Statements of City-Related Business.
Candidates for Mayor, City Attorney, Controller, and Member of the City Council who qualify to have their names appear on the ballot, or who qualify as write-in candidates, shall file Statements of City Related Business with the Ethics Commission in accordance with the provisions of Section 49.5.6 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, except that the transactions and proceedings required to be disclosed by candidates are those taking place between the time the candidate or write-in candidate filed his or her Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate and the day of the election at which the candidate is elected or defeated. 
Sec. 305.  Name on the Nominating Petition and the Ballot.
(a)   The candidate's name shall appear on the nominating petition exactly as it appears on the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.  If the candidate's nominating petition is certified sufficient and the candidate meets all other qualifications for that office, the name appearing on the ballot shall correspond to the name shown on the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.  No title or degree shall appear on the same line on a ballot as a candidate's name, either before or after the candidate's name.
(b)   The name of anyone who has been nominated as a candidate for any office shall not appear as a candidate in more than one place on the ballot.
(c)   Whenever anyone who is a candidate for any office believes that some other candidate with a name and initials identical to the candidate’s name has filed, or will file, a nomination paper for the same office, and that this name may be confused with the candidate’s name, the candidate may at the time of filing the candidate’s nomination papers, or within three days after the time for filing the candidate’s nomination papers has expired, file with the City Clerk a statement which shall be in substance as follows:
“I, _______________, believe that some other candidate has filed or will file a nomination paper for the same office for which I have filed a nomination paper, whose name and initials are identical to mine, and that the candidate’s name may be confused with mine, and I, therefore, request that a number be printed after my name on the ballot as a distinguishing mark, as provided for in Section 305(d) the City Election Code.”

_________________________________________
Name

Address__________________________________

Candidate for Office of____________________________
(d)   In case there are two or more candidates who have filed nominating petitions for the same office whose names are identical, the City Clerk shall assign to these candidates a distinguishing mark, which shall be a number, and which shall be printed on the ballot to the right of the name of the candidate in bold-face type, the size to be determined by the City Clerk.  Number 1 shall be assigned to the first of the candidates filing a nominating petition found to be sufficient, number 2 to the second candidate, and number 3, etc., to any other candidates filing nominating petitions for the same office whose name and initials are identical.  No distinguishing number shall be printed on the ballot unless there are two or more candidates for the same office with identical names that might cause confusion.
(e)   If a candidate changes his or her name within one year of any election, the new name shall not appear upon the ballot unless the change was made by either of the following:  (i) marriage; or (ii) decree of any court of competent jurisdiction.
Sec. 306.  Occupational Designation.
Occupational ballot designations shall conform to the requirements of this section.
(a)   A candidate who is running for the same elective office that he or she was elected to and then holds, shall have printed on the ballot, immediately under that candidate's name, the word "incumbent" or the words designating that elective office, as follows:  Mayor, City Attorney, Controller, Member of the City Council, Member of the Board of Education, or substantially similar title.
(b)   Each candidate on the ballot shall have printed immediately under that candidate's name a three word designation of either:  (i) the current principal professions, vocations or occupations of the candidate; or (ii) the principal professions, vocations or occupations of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of the candidate's Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.  All geographical names shall be considered as one word; for example, "City of Los Angeles" shall be counted as one word.  Hyphenated words that appear in any generally available standard reference dictionary, published in the United States at any time within the 10 calendar years immediately preceding the election for which the words are counted, shall be considered as one word and each part of all other hyphenated words shall be counted as a separate word.
(c)   Each candidate shall indicate on the candidate’s Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate the designation which that candidate would like to appear on the ballot under that candidate’s name.  A candidate may likewise choose to have no occupational ballot designation and shall so indicate on the candidate’s Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate, in which case no designation shall appear on the ballot under the name of that candidate.
(d)   Unless the City Clerk determines that the designation requested by the candidate does not meet the requirements of this section, that designation shall be printed on the ballot immediately under the name of the candidate in eight-point Roman capital and lower case type except that, if the designation selected is so long that it would conflict with the space requirements, the elections official shall use a type size for the designation for each candidate for that office sufficiently smaller to meet these requirements.  The designation shall remain the same on the ballot for both the Primary and General Elections.
(e)   The City Clerk shall not include on the ballot any designation which does not meet the requirements of this section.  However, the City Clerk shall not be required to verify a candidate’s occupational designation with the occupation listed on the candidate’s Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate nor to conduct any other investigation with regard to the occupation of any candidate.
(f)   If the City Clerk determines not to print any proffered designation on the ballot and in the sample ballot, the City Clerk shall promptly inform the candidate.  The candidate may request an alternate designation prior to the final date to file the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate.  In the event the candidate fails to request an alternative designation by that deadline, no designation shall appear after the candidate’s name.
(g)   The City Clerk shall not accept a designation for which any of the following would be true:
(1)   it would mislead the voter;
(2)   it would suggest an evaluation of a candidate, such as outstanding, leading, expert, virtuous, or eminent;
(3)   it uses a word or prefix, such as “former” or “ex-” to indicate a prior status, provided, however, that the word “retired” may be used if it precedes the designation and is not abbreviated;
(4)   it uses the name of any political party;
(5)   it refers to any activity prohibited by law; or
(6)   it uses a word or words referring to a racial, religious, or ethnic group.
(h)   The terms “profession,” “vocation,” or “occupation,” as those terms are used in this section of the Election Code are defined as follows:
(1)   “Profession” means a field of employment requiring special education or skill and requiring specific knowledge of a particular discipline of learning or science.
(2)   “Vocation” means a trade, a religious calling, or the work upon which a candidate, in most but not all cases, relies for a livelihood or spends a major portion of the candidate’s time.
(3)   “Occupation” means the employment in which one regularly engages or follows as the means of making a livelihood.
Sec. 307.  Nominating Petitions.
(a)   The name of a candidate for nomination shall not be printed on the primary nomination ballot unless a petition for nomination shall have been filed on the candidate’s behalf.  All nominating petitions shall comply with Charter Sections 422 and 423 and this Code.
(b)   Between 115 and 90 days prior to the Primary Nominating Election, the City Clerk shall issue to each candidate a petition for nomination.  The petition shall consist of 100 sections and each section shall contain 20 signature blanks.  The sections of each petition shall be numbered consecutively one through 100.  The petition shall consist of sheets of uniform size, to be furnished by the City Clerk; each separate sheet shall be preceded by a heading in large, clear letters specifying the name of the office and the candidate to be nominated.
(c)   Nominating petitions shall be in substantially the following form:
Petition for Nomination of

_____________ for ______________

We, the undersigned, qualified, registered voters of [Council District  No.___ ] [District No.    ] of the [City of Los Angeles] [Los Angeles Unified School District], County of Los Angeles, State of California, do hereby petition that the above named person shall be a candidate for the office specified on this petition.

          [Name of Signer    Signature    Residence Address    City/Zip    Date]
(d)   The circulator of each section of the petition shall verify the section under penalty of perjury.  The verification shall state:
I, _________________, do hereby certify that my present, precise residential address is [insert complete residential address including number, street, city, state and zip code]; that I was at least 18 years of age at the time I circulated this petition for signatures; that each signature on the attached sheets is genuine and was affixed thereto on the date shown, in my presence, by a separate individual who declared himself or herself at the time of signing to be a qualified, registered voter of the [City of Los Angeles] [Los Angeles Unified School District] [applicable jurisdiction]; actually residing at the address as above set forth; that each signer's name and address on the attached sheets was either personally written by that signer or completed by someone acting with the authority and on the direction of that signer; and that all of the sheets constituting this petition section were fastened together at the time the signatures were appended thereto.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Executed this (day) day of (month) at
(City), California.

Signature of Circulator ______________________________.
(e)   The candidate may circulate the candidate’s own petition and affix to the petition the candidate’s signature as a circulator. 
(f)   Circulators of nominating petitions shall be at least 18 years of age.
(g)   Persons circulating, as principal or agent, or having charge or control of the circulation of, or obtaining signatures to, any nominating petition shall not:
(1)   Intentionally misrepresent or intentionally make any false statement concerning the contents, purport or effect of the petition to any person who signs, or who desires to sign, or who is requested to sign, or who makes inquiries with reference to it, or to whom it is presented for his or her signature.
(2)   Willfully and knowingly circulate, publish, or exhibit any false statement or misrepresentation concerning the contents, purport or effect of any nominating petition for the purpose of obtaining any signature to, or persuading or influencing any person to sign, that petition.
(3)   Intentionally make any false statement in response to any inquiry by any voter as to whether he or she is a paid signature gatherer or a volunteer.
Sec. 308.  City Clerk Acceptance of a Nominating Petition.
(a)   If the candidate, or the authorized designee, files a Nominating Petition within the timeframe specified in Section 310(a), the City Clerk will issue at the time of filing, a receipt that documents the date of filing and the total number of signatures that the candidate claims are affixed to the petition.
(b)   At this time, the City Clerk will conduct an initial review of the petitions to determine if the total number of signatures affixed to the petition equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required and if all of the Circulator Affidavits have been completed and fully executed.  Any such correction must be made within two business days of the City Clerk's request.  The City Clerk shall not accept a petition section for proceeding to the signature examination phase unless the Circulator Affidavit for that section has been completed and fully executed.
(c)   Any signer of a petition or supplemental petition may withdraw the signature by filing with the City Clerk a verified revocation of the signature before the petition or supplemental petition containing the signature has been presented to the City Clerk.  No signature can be revoked after the petition or supplemental petition to which it is attached has been presented to the City Clerk.
(d)   No amendment, change, alteration or correction of any kind, clerical or otherwise, shall be permitted to be made in any petition after it is filed with and approved for proceeding to the signature examination phase by the City Clerk.
Sec. 309.  Requirements for Signing Nominating Petitions.
(a)   The petition shall be personally signed by registered voters of the City of Los Angeles for citywide offices and registered voters of the District or Board District in the case of the nomination to the City Council or the Board of Education.
(b)   In addition to the voter’s signature, the voter shall personally print the voter’s name, the voter’s complete residence address and date the petition was signed by the voter.  The City Clerk may request the date and month of birth, at the option of the voter, for the purpose of signature verification.  If the voter is unable to personally print this information, the voter shall direct someone else to print the information on the petition.
(c)   A voter may sign more than one nominating petition, provided the voter does not signa nominating petition for any one candidate more than once. 
Sec. 310.  Nominating Petitions - Filing and Verification.
(a)   A candidate may file a nominating petition with the City Clerk no earlier than 115 days nor later than 90 days prior to the Primary Nominating Election, as provided in Charter Section 422. All signatures for filing shall be presented at the same time.  No candidate shall file a petition containing fewer than 500 names.  The City Clerk shall review each nominating petition submitted to determine whether it contains at least the minimum number of signatures required.  The City Clerk shall not accept any petition that does not meet the requirements of the Charter and this Code.  No refund of any portion of a candidate’s filing fee shall be made. 
(b)   Lost or Ruined Sections.  If any nominating petition sections are lost or inadvertently improperly executed by the candidate, the City Clerk shall, if requested to do so by the candidate, issue replacement sections, not to exceed the number of original sections lost or improperly executed.  The candidate must supply to the City Clerk the numbers of the missing or improperly executed petition sections before the City Clerk may issue new sections. The City Clerk shall promptly issue new sections and shall prominently mark or stamp them “replacement petition section.” Replacement sections shall for all purposes replace the original sections lost or improperly executed and after the issuance of the replacement sections, no signatures may be affixed to the original sections, and the original sections may not be filed as part of the petition filed with the City Clerk.  The City Clerk shall not accept for filing from a candidate more signatures than the number provided for in this section. No more than one nominating petition shall be issued to any candidate.
(c)   Filing Fee/In Lieu Petition.  Between 115 and 90 days prior to the Primary Nominating Election, each candidate shall do one of the following:
(1)   Pay a filing fee in the amount of $300.00 and file with the City Clerk a petition for nomination, on the form prepared by the City Clerk, bearing no fewer than 500 and no more than 1,000 signatures; or
(2)   File a petition for nomination, on the form prepared by the City Clerk, bearing no fewer than 1,000 and no more than 2,000 signatures.
(d)   Notwithstanding the time period set forth in subsections (a) and (c) above, the ordinance calling a Special Election, in which candidates are to be nominated and elected, shall set forth the time period for circulating and filing nominating petitions and associated fees, which in no event shall be less than 20 days.
(e)   All petitions when filed shall be numbered consecutively and checked in the order of their filing.
(f)   The City Clerk shall examine each nominating petition filed to determine whether it is signed by the requisite number of qualified registered voters.  Each petition shall be examined to determine whether:  (i) the circulator of each section has properly executed the circulator affidavit; (ii) each signer is a resident of the applicable jurisdiction; (iii) each signer is registered to vote at the address stated on the petition; and (iv) each signature is the genuine signature of a registered voter of the applicable jurisdiction.  The examination shall be conducted solely by a review of the registration records of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
(g)   City Clerk’s Examination of Petitions.  The City Clerk shall complete the examination of initial nominating petitions within 10 days after they are filed.
(h)   Sufficiency of Petition.  A nominating petition for a candidate who pays the filing fee referred to above, shall not be sufficient unless it contains the signatures of at least 500 registered voters of the City in the case of nomination to a citywide office,or at least 500 registered voters of the Council District or Board of Education District in the case of nomination to the City Council or the Board of Education.  A nominating petition for a candidate who does not pay the filing fee shall not be sufficient unless it contains the signatures of at least 1,000 registered voters as specified in this section.
(i)   Certificate of Sufficiency or Insufficiency.  If as a result of the examination of a nominating petition, the City Clerk determines that the petition contains at least the requisite number of valid signatures, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of sufficiency.  If as a result of the examination of a nominating petition, the City Clerk determines that the petition does not contain the requisite number of valid signatures, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of insufficiency.
(j)   Supplemental Petitions.  If the City Clerk issues a certificate of insufficiency, the candidate may circulate and file one supplemental nominating petition on a form provided by the City Clerk.  That petition shall contain signature blanks for twice the number of signatures by which the original nominating petition was short of bearing the requisite number of signatures.  These supplemental petitions shall be numbered and checked in the order received with priority given to initial filings. All supplemental petitions shall be reviewed within 10 days after the close of filing.  The supplemental petition shall be filed before the expiration of the time for filing nominating petitions as set forth above. 
(k)   All persons shall file at the proper time and in the proper place any nomination petition in their possession entitled to be filed under the provisions of this Code.
(l)   A person shall not falsely make, or fraudulently deface or destroy, all or any part of a nomination petition.
(m)   A person shall not file any nomination petition, if the person knows that it or any part of it has been falsely made.
Sec. 311.  Extended Filing Period for Withdrawal, Death or Disqualification.
(a)   Within three days after the expiration of the time for filing a Nominating Petition, any person for the nomination of whom a petition has been filed, may cause his or her name to be withdrawn from nomination by filing a request in writing with the City Clerk.  No name so withdrawn shall be printed on the Primary Nominating Election ballot.  If after a withdrawal, or by the death or other disqualification of any candidate for the nomination of whom a petition has been filed, only one candidate remains for any given office, then other nominations for that office may be made by filing petitions within 10 days after the expiration of the time for the filing of Nominating Petitions, but no supplement to any Petition shall be allowed.
(b)   All candidates shall be required to file a Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate in order to obtain the Nominating Petition forms within the filing period provided in Subsection (a) above.
(c)   No Supplemental Nominating Petition will be accepted during this filing period from a candidate who previously filed a Nominating Petition during the regular filing period that was found to be insufficient, provided, however, such a candidate may file a new petition within the filing period provided in Subsection (a) above.
Sec. 312.  Write-In Candidates.
(a)   Every person who desires to be a write-in candidate at a Primary Nominating Election shall file with the City Clerk:
(1)   A Declaration of Intention to Become a Write-In Candidate for a particular office, on a form provided by the City Clerk; and
(2)   Either a filing fee of $300 or a petition, on a form provided by the City Clerk, personally signed by at least 500 registered voters of the City of Los Angeles for citywide offices or at least 500 registered voters of the District or Board District for City Council or Board of Education offices.
(b)   The City Clerk shall make the forms for the declaration and petition available the 57th day prior to the Primary Nominating Election. The petition shall contain a maximum of 1,000 signature lines and consist of 50 sections and each section shall contain 20 signature blanks. Every person seeking to qualify as a write-in candidate shall file a Declaration of Intention to become a write-in candidate and either the filing fee or petition described above with the City Clerk no later than the 14th day prior to the election. 
(c)   If a petition is filed in lieu of a filing fee, the City Clerk shall verify the signatures on the petition within seven days after the date of filing.  If as a result of the examination of a petition the City Clerk determines that the petition contains at least the requisite number of valid signatures, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of sufficiency and the candidate shall qualify as a write-in candidate for the office designated on the candidate’s declaration.  If as a result of the examination of a petition, the City Clerk determines that the petition does not contain the requisite number of valid signatures, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of insufficiency and the candidate shall not qualify as a write-in candidate unless qualifying by supplemental petition.
(d)   If the City Clerk issues a certificate of insufficiency, the candidate may circulate and file one supplemental petition on a form provided by the City Clerk.  That petition shall contain signature blanks for twice the number of signatures by which the original petition was short of bearing the requisite number of signatures.  The supplemental petition shall be filed no later than the 14th day prior to the election.  The City Clerk shall verify the signatures on the supplemental petition within seven days after the date of filing and determine whether the petition as supplemented contains at least the requisite number of valid signatures to qualify as a write-in candidate.
(e)   Except as provided in this section, the provisions of this Code relating to nominating petitions shall apply to petitions submitted by persons seeking to qualify as write-in candidates.
(f)   Every person seeking to qualify as a write-in candidate shall file a Statement of Economic Interests as provided in Section 303 no later than the 14th day prior to the election.  Candidates who qualify as write-in candidates shall file a Statement of City Related Business as provided in Section 304.
(g)   No name written upon a ballot in any City election conducted by the City Clerk shall be counted for election to or nomination for an office unless the name is of a candidate who has qualified as a write-in candidate pursuant to this section.
(h)   There shall be no write-in candidates allowed for General Municipal Elections.  The provisions of this section shall apply to write-in candidates in Special Elections unless otherwise provided by ordinance, except that there shall be no write-in candidates allowed for Special Runoff Elections.
(i)   Any candidate elected by having the candidate’s name written in on a ballot who does not possess the qualifications for an office required by the Charter shall not be entitled to hold office.
Sec. 313.  Candidate Order.
(a)   Prior to each Primary Nominating Election and prior to each Special Election that has been ordered at which candidates’ names appear on the ballot, the City Clerk shall conduct a public drawing of the letters of the alphabet. The order in which the letters are drawn shall constitute the randomized alphabet, to be used in the same manner as the conventional alphabet, to determine the order by which the names of candidates shall be arranged by surname, first name, and middle name, if any, respectively, on the ballot for both the ensuing Primary Nominating and following General Municipal Elections or for both the ensuing Special and following Special Runoff Election. For the purpose of this section, the term “surname” shall mean the name borne in common by members of a family. The drawing shall take place publicly within five business days following the last day for filing nominating petitions.
(b)   Only the exact name by which a candidate was nominated, as provided for in Section 305 of this Code, shall be printed on a City ballot, and shall be arranged under the designation of the office or position in the randomized alphabetical order.
(c)   This section does not apply to consolidated elections conducted by the County of Los Angeles for which candidate order on ballots is governed by state law.
Sec. 314.  Death of Candidate.
(a)   In the event of the death of a candidate who has declared or accepted a candidacy for the Primary Nominating Election or a Special Election, or who has been nominated for the ensuing General Municipal Election or a Special Runoff Election, and proof thereof has been duly presented or obtained by the City Clerk prior to the time of printing of the ballots, the candidate’s name shall not be printed upon either the Sample or Official Ballot of the ensuing election.  If proof is not presented prior to the printing of ballots, and the name of the candidate is printed on the ballot, then the City Clerk shall strike out, or otherwise remove, the name of the candidate on the ballot before handing it to the voter, providing the City Clerk has sufficient time to do so.
(b)   In the event of the death, resignation or other disqualification of any candidate nominated at a Primary Nominating Election or Special Election, the person who received the next highest number of votes for that office at the Primary Nominating Election or Special Election shall be deemed a candidate and, if practicable, the name shall be placed on the ballot to be used at the General Municipal Election or Special Runoff Election.
Sec. 315.  Retention of Nominating Documents.
(a)   The City Clerk shall preserve all nominating petitions and Declarations of Intention to Become a Candidate for the term of the office for which they are filed and for four years after the expiration of the term.
(b)   Thereafter, the petitions and declarations shall be destroyed as soon as practicable unless they are in evidence in some action or proceeding then pending or unless the City Clerk has received a written request from the U.S. Attorney, Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney, a Grand Jury, the Secretary of State, the Fair Political Practices Commission, the City Ethics Commission or the City Council that the petitions or declarations be preserved for use in a pending or ongoing investigation into election irregularities, the subject of which relates to the placement of the candidate’s name on the ballot, or in a pending or ongoing investigation into violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 or City laws.
(c)   Public access to the petitions and declarations shall be limited to viewing the documents only.  The public may not copy or distribute copies of petitions and declarations that contain signatures of voters.