Political Party Preference

To ensure that county election officials have correctly recorded the status of your political party affiliation, Real Impact encourages every voter to check the status of his or her political party affiliation before the deadline of February 18, 2020.

In addition, voters should understand basic rules governing voting laws in California that affect who they may vote for during the Presidential Primary.

Democrat, American Independent, and Libertarian parties DO NOT require voters to be registered in their party to vote for their candidates. They also allow those registered as “No Party Preference”or “Decline to State” to request one of their ballots from county election officials. 

The Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom party’s rule differs in that a voter MUST be registered with their party in order to vote for their Presidential Primary candidate. You CANNOT be registered as a “No Party Preference” or “Decline to State." 

A voter who has registered with the “American Independent Party” is registered with an official political party. It does not mean that the voter is independent of the Republicans or the Democrats which is sometimes assumed by voters.

Additional Information

No Party Preference Information

How to Vote for U.S. President

Tips for No Party Preference Voters

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