Q: can election code 18203 be charged as a misdemeanor
That might be charged as a misdemeanor or felony of election fraud, depending on the facts and DA discretion. The statute reads,
"18203. Any person who files or submits for filing a nomination
paper or declaration of candidacy knowing that it or any part of it
has been made falsely is punishable by a fine not exceeding one
thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the state prison for
16 months or two or three years or by both the fine and imprisonment."
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