FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2016
SACRAMENTO – May 23 is the deadline for eligible California citizens to register to vote for the first time or to update their voter registration information for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.
"Californians have one more week to go until the May 23 voter registration deadline," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. "Whether you're registering for the first time or you just need to update your registration information—it's quick and easy through RegisterToVote.ca.gov".
"You can use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to register to vote in minutes. If you've moved, changed your name, or want to change your political party preference visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov by May 23."
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?
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 by May 23, 2016.