The presidential primary is almost here: Make sure you get the ballot you want!

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In the March 3, 2020 primary election, voters will choose presidential candidates to run against each other in the general election taking place in November 2020. You may need to take certain steps to vote for the presidential candidate you want in the primary election.

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The presidential primary is almost here: Make sure you get the ballot you want!

 

California’s presidential primary election is March 3, 2020

In the March 3, 2020 primary election, voters will choose presidential candidates to run against each other in the general election taking place in November 2020. You may need to take certain steps to vote for the presidential candidate you want in the primary election.

To ensure you can vote for the political candidate of your choice, check your voter registration status. If you need to request a different type of ballot or re-register, you are strongly encouraged to do so by February 17, 2020. If you need to re-register after February 18, 2020, you will need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

Steps to take:

  • Online: Check your registration and party affiliation status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov and make changes at registertovote.ca.gov.
  • In person: Changes can be made by going in person to a local county elections office and filling out a new voter registration card.
  • Over the phone: People can call their county’s elections department to get a new voter registration card to drop off in person or mail back or call 1-800-345-VOTE.
Photo of several voting booths. They each have a curtain covering the booths and only the voters legs and feet are showing as they vote.
If you are registered with:
  • American Independent Party
  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party
  • Green Party
  • Libertarian Party
  • Peace and Freedom Party
Your ballot will list only that party’s presidential candidate.
If you are registered nonpartisan (also known as “independent” or “no party preference”)
  • Your March 3, 2020 primary ballot will not have presidential candidates.
  • If the political party allows it, nonpartisan voters can ask for that party’s ballot.
The American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian parties are allowing nonpartisan voters to cross over and vote for their presidential candidates. But voters must request one of these ballots.

The Green Party, Peace and Freedom Party, and Republican Party are allowing only those registered with their parties to vote for their presidential candidates. You will not be able to select one of these ballots unless you re-register with the political party.

For more information visit the
California Secretary of State website