How to Vote for U.S. President

I am registered to vote with ...

No Party Preference

As a voter registered with No Party Preference, if you want to vote for U.S. President, you must request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates.

The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary Elections.

If you vote by mail...

Your county elections official will send you a postcard that will allow you to request an American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party ballot. Once you make your selection, return it in the mail.

Your postcard may look like:

If you do not return this postcard, you will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates. If this happens, you can still request a ballot from your county elections official by:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax

To contact your county elections office, visit our County Elections Offices page.

You can also bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your local polling place or vote center and exchange it for a ballot with presidential candidates.

If you vote at the polls…

Ask the poll worker for a ballot with either American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party presidential candidates when checking-in at a polling place.

Voting in the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Party Primary...

If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The American Independent Party

As a voter registered with the American Independent Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the Democratic or Libertarian Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The Democratic Party

As a voter registered with the Democratic Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the American Independent or Libertarian Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The Green Party

As a voter registered with the Green Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The Libertarian Party

As a voter registered with the Libertarian Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the American Independent or Democratic Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The Peace and Freedom Party

As a voter registered with the Peace and Freedom Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Green or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

The Republican Party

As a voter registered with the Republican Party you can ONLY vote for that party's presidential candidates in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary.

If you want to vote for the Green or Peace and Freedom Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

If you want to vote for the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Parties' presidential candidates, you can either re-register with the party or register with No Party Preference. For more details, click on the No Party Preference tab on this page.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

I am not sure if I registered with a political party

You can check your voter registration status, including political party, at any time by visiting voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. You can also call our Voter Hotline at 1-800-345-VOTE (8683) for your status.

If you need to register to vote for the first time or update your voter registration information, including political party, visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov

I am registered with an unqualified / unknown political party

As a voter registered with an unqualified or unknown political party, you will have the same options as a voter registered with No Party Preference for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.

If you want to vote for U.S. President, you must request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates.

The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary Elections.

If you vote by mail…

Your county elections official will send you a postcard that will allow you to select an American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party ballot. Once you make your selection, return it in the mail.

Your postcard may look like:

If you do not return this postcard, you will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates. If this happens, you can still request a ballot from your county elections official via:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax

To contact your county elections office, visit our County Elections Offices page.

You can also take your vote-by-mail ballot to your local polling place or vote center and exchange it for a ballot with presidential candidates.

If you vote at the polls...

Ask the poll worker for a ballot with either American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party presidential candidates when checking-in at a polling place.