What is electioneering?

California Elections Code Section 319.5(a) "Electioneering" means the visible display or audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot within the 100 foot limit specified in subdivision (b). Prohibited electioneering information or activity includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(1) A display of a candidate’s name, likeness, or logo.
(2) A display of a ballot measure’s number, title, subject, or logo.
(3) Buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing electioneering information.
(4) Dissemination of audible electioneering information.
(5) Obstructing access to, loitering near, or disseminating visible or audible electioneering information at vote by mail ballot drop boxes.

319.5(b) The activities described in subdivision (a) are prohibited within 100 feet of either of the following:

(1) The entrance to a building that contains a polling place as defined by Section 338.5, an elections official’s office, or a satellite location specified in Section 3018.
(2) An outdoor site, including a curbside voting area, at which a voter may cast or drop off a ballot.

In addition, Elections Code Section 18370(a) states a person shall not, on election day, or at any time that a voter may be casting a ballot, within the 100 foot limit specified in subdivision (b), do any of the following:

(1) Circulate an initiative, referendum, recall, or nomination petition or any other petition.
(2) Solicit a vote or speak to a voter on the subject of marking the voter’s ballot.
(3) Place a sign relating to voters’ qualifications or speak to a voter on the subject of the voter’s qualifications except as provided in Section 14240.
(4) Do any electioneering as defined by Section 319.5.

18370(c) A person shall not, on election day, or at any time that a voter may be casting a ballot, do any of the following within the immediate vicinity of a voter in line to cast a ballot or drop off a ballot:

(1) Solicit a vote.
(2) Speak to a voter about marking the voter’s ballot.
(3) Disseminate visible or audible electioneering information.

18370(d) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1. Who administers the municipal election and under what authority?
2. Why are General Municipal Elections in Signal Hill held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years?
3. What happens in the event of a tie vote?
4. Where do I go to vote?
5. Who is running for office?
6. What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
7. What is electioneering?
8. Am I required to show I.D. at the poll?
9. Who is eligible to vote?
10. Who may register to vote?/When may I register to vote?
11. When does registration close?
12. How may I register to vote?/Where can I find voter registration forms?
13. May I register to vote using my business address or a P.O. Box?
14. Do I have to re-register for each election?/When is it necessary to re-register?
15. How can I find out if I’m registered to vote?
16. I just moved and did not re-register. Will I be eligible to vote?
17. Is the information I provide on my voter registration form available to the public?
18. May someone help me vote?