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“No Party Preference” voter information for California 2020 Primary election

How to be eligible to vote for a DEMOCRATIC Presidential candidate 

in the March 3, 2020 Primary in California if you are registered

as “No Party Preference”:

In order to vote for a DEMOCRATIC Presidential candidate 

in the California March 3, 2020 Primary, 

your ballot must be one of three selections:

Democratic Party

– America Independent Party

– Libertarian Party

Any ballot with “No Party Preference”, 

(or otherwise known as DS or “Decline to State”) 

will not have a Presidential candidate on it.

Here is the easiest remedy:

  If you vote in person and you are registered as “No Party Preference” 

you may simply request a desired crossover ballot when checking in at the polls,

or re-register now or before Monday, February 17, 2020 with one of the three party choices.


  If you vote-by-mail and you are registered as “No Party Preference”

you will receive a postcard from the Santa Barbara County elections official 

in advance that will allow you to select one of these three:

American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party ballot. 

Then after selecting which party’s ballot you

would like to vote for, return the post card by mail. 

These postcards will be sent in advance of vote-by-mail ballots being sent out.


“No Party Preference” voters who do not respond to this postcard will be mailed 

a ballot without any presidential candidates listed. 

If this happens, they are still able to request a crossover ballot from their 

county elections official via:

  • Phone:  (800) 722-8683.
  • Email:   (Call for email address)
  • Fax:      (805) 346-8342 or (805) 568-2209

Voters can also take their non-partisan vote-by-mail ballot to their polling place 

(or any vote center in a Voters’ Choice Act County) and exchange it for a ballot 

with presidential candidates from the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party.

Voters who ARE Registered with another Political Party, other than the three listed, 

who want to vote for a Democratic President, must RE-REGISTER prior to February 17, 2020..

Only Voters registered with an accepted political party can vote for 

that party’s presidential candidates in a primary election. 

Santa Maria Elections Office is located at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, 

Santa Maria, CA 93455

(800) 722-8683

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 

excluding holidays

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