Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set Nov. 3 as the special election date to replace former 10th Congressional District representative Ellen Tauscher.
The primary election will be held Sept. 1.
Per special election rules, the primary is an open ballot, meaning that all candidates will appear on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. The top vote-getter in each party plus the nonpartisan candidates will advance to the general election unless one candidate receives in the primary 50 percent plus one vote. If that occurs, the candidate will win the post outright.
Contra Costa Registrar of Voters Steve Weir had requested the Nov. 3 date as it coincides with a handful of regularly scheduled elections in the county, including San Ramon mayor and city council races. Most of the county’s elections, however, occur on even years as jurisidictions consolidated elections to save money.