|Each word is counted as one word except:|
|Punctuation||Punctuation is not counted.|
|Titles:||Words used in the heading of a candidate’s statement, including the office title, candidate’s name, occupation and age are not counted.|
|Cities / Counties||All geographical names shall be counted as one word. Areas that have political boundaries with an elected or appointed board are considered geographic areas by this office. For example, “County of San Benito” and “Hollister Unified School District” shall each be counted as one word.
|Abbreviations||Each abbreviation for a word, phrase, or expression shall be counted as one word|
|Hyphenations||Hyphenated words that appear in any generally available dictionary shall be considered as one word. Each part of all other hyphenated words shall be counted as a separate word.|
|Dates||Dates shall be counted as one word regardless of how they are written (1/1/2015 or January 1, 2015).|
|Numbers||Any number consisting of a digit or digits shall be considered as one word.
- “100" shall be counted as one word
Any number that is spelled shall be considered as separate words.
- “one hundred” shall be counted as two words
|Phone and Internet||Website addresses and telephone numbers are one word.|
|Number Symbols||Percent Signs (%), Number Signs (#), etc.: It is department policy to count numbers consisting of a digit or digits used with a dollar sign ($), cent sign (¢), percentage sign (%), or number sign (#) as one word.|