WHOM CAN I VOTE FOR IN THE MARCH PRIMARY
- OR HOW OPEN IS THIS PRIMARY, ANYWAY?!
California currently has a modified closed primary system.
If you are registered with a political party, your ballot
will include your party's candidates for federal and state offices
as well as four statewide propositions and probably some races and
measures in your county.
If you are not registered with a political party ("decline
to state" or "unaffiliated"), you may participate
in a partyís primary election if that party allows unaffiliated
voters to do so. For this election, an unaffiliated voter may request
and vote a ballot for these parties:
- American Independent
- Democratic (all candidates except those for county central
- Republican (all candidates except Presidential and county
central committee candidates).
Unaffiliated voters who go to the polls must
ask for one of the three parties' ballots if they do not
want a ballot for nonpartisan offices and measures only.
Poll workers are not obligated to inform unaffiliated voters that
they have a choice of ballot.
To see the various ballot choices, use our "Find
My Ballot" function and select the possible "Decline
to State" options.
Decide which ballot you want to vote - a nonpartisan or a party
ballot. You may need to change
your voter registration if you want a particular party's ballot.
Fill out a voter registration card (available at city halls, post
offices, libraries, and online)
and mark the political party of your choice. The registration
card must be delivered to your county's Elections Office or be
postmarked by the February 17, 2004 deadline.
Permanent absentee voters who are unaffiliated will receive
a letter from their Elections Office asking if they want to vote
one of the three parties' ballots. Unaffiliated voters requesting
an absentee ballot just for the March election should also request
a party's ballot if they do not want just the nonpartisan ballot.