WHOM CAN I VOTE FOR IN THE JUNE PRIMARY?
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 two statewide propositions and probably some races and
measures in your county.
This means if you are registered in one party, you cannot vote
for candidates running for office in a different political party.
If you want to vote for a candiate in another party, you must re-register
as a member of that other party.
If you are not registered with a political party ("decline
to state" or "unaffiliated"), you may participate
in a party’s 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 (all candidates except those for county central
- Democratic (all candidates except those for county central
- Republican (all candidates except those for county
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 May 22, 2006 deadline.
Unaffiliated voters requesting
an absentee ballot for the June election should request
a party's ballot if they do not want just the nonpartisan ballot.