FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2016
Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575
SACRAMENTO – Monday, May 23 is the final day for eligible California citizens to register to vote or to update their voter registration information for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. Californians can register to vote or update voter registration information online through RegisterToVote.ca.gov until midnight. Paper voter registration applications can be turned into county elections offices or mailed and postmarked no later than May 23.
"Californians still have time to register to vote for the first time or update their registration information ahead of the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.
"It only takes a few minutes and a quick visit to RegisterToVote.ca.gov to ensure that you’re registered to vote. RegisterToVote.ca.gov is even available in 10 languages. If you've moved, changed your name, or want to change your political party preference you will need to update your voter registration no later than midnight on May 23. I encourage all Californians to register and share a link to RegisterToVote.ca.gov through social media,” Padilla added.
Online voter registration is available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Californians can check their voter registration status through their county elections office. Some counties have online tools that allow voters to check their voter registration. A full list of contact information for county elections officials and links to county online voter registration status tools is available on the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/
Closed vs. Modified-Closed Presidential Primaries
Qualified political parties are holding their presidential primaries in one of two ways:
Voters who registered with a political party may only vote for a presidential candidate running in that party’s primary election.
Reminder: Voters, regardless of their political party preference, can vote for any candidate running in their district for the following races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, and State Assembly.
Tips for voters registered with No Party Preference
Voters with no party preference who vote at the polls can request a Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party ballot on Election Day from a poll worker.
Voters with no party preference who vote by mail were sent a post-card from their county elections office asking if the voter would like to receive a ballot with presidential candidates from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party. Voters who did not return this post card will receive a non-partisan ballot without presidential candidates.
“There is still time for voters with no party preference to request a new ballot—even if they have already received a ballot in the mail,” Padilla said.
Q: I am a voter with no party preference, and I received a vote-by-mail ballot with no presidential candidates. What can I do to request a ballot with presidential candidates?
NOTE: Contact your county elections office for early voting locations and availability Click Here for County Elections Contact Information
Q: How can a voter with no party preference cast a ballot for Republican Party, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidates?
Voters registered with no party preference who would like to vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary for a Republican Party, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate must re-register to vote with one of those respective parties no later than May 23, 2016.