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Voting In A Presidential Primary Election

  • Important information for voting in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election:


    Voters registered with a political party will receive a ballot with that party’s contest for President.

    If you are not registered to vote with one of the six qualified parties in California, you are registered as a “No Party Preference” voter.

    “No Party Preference” (NPP) voters will not have the contest for US President on their ballot.
    NPP voters who want to vote for President have two options:

    1. Re-register with a political party to receive that party’s ballot
    2. Cross-over and vote an American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian ballot without re-registering.

    The American Independent, Democratic and Libertarian parties allow NPP voters to vote in their primary. The Green, Republican and Peace & Freedom parties require voters to register with their party in order to vote in their primary.

    In accordance with State Law, the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters mailed a postcard to permanent Vote-by-Mail voters who are registered with “No Party Preference”.

    The postcard notifies recipients of the NPP status and states the rules for California Presidential Primaries.

    If you received a postcard that indicates you are an NPP voter, please consider the following:

    1. Call the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters if you think there is a mistake in your voter registration. 209-468-VOTE (8683).
    2. You may want to re-register or cross-over so you can vote for President.
    3. Take action now, either to re-register or to request a cross-over ballot to ensure you get the Vote-by-Mail ballot you want.

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