Crossover Voting

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In a Presidential Primary, if you are registered to vote with a political party, you will receive a ballot that contains Presidential candidates for that party only. ​

If you are registered as a No Party Preference voter, you will receive a nonpartisan ballot, which will not include candidates for U.S. President. ​Some parties will allow you to crossover and vote for their candidates. ​​

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​What is Crossover Voting?​

Presidential Primaries are unique because political parties can let No Party Preference voters "crossover" into their party and vote for one of their presidential candidates.

For this election, the American Independent*, Democratic and Libertarian parties allow “crossover” voting by voters registered as No Party Preference.   

Voters who are registered as No Party Preference and want to vote for one of those three parties listed above can request a crossover ballot:

Voters who go to a Vote Center and are registered as No Party Preference simply need to request a "crossover" ballot upon checking-in.

The Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom parties are not allowing "crossover" voting in this election.

Voters who are registered as No Party Preference and would like to vote for a Republican, Green, or Peace & Freedom Presidential candidate must re-register with that party to vote for that party's presidential candidate.  The registration deadline is February 17, 2020. You can re-register to vote online at www.registertovote.ca.gov

For more information about voting in the upcoming presidential election, please view our office's media release​, ​and visit the Secretary of State's website: How to Vote for U.S. President​.​ 
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*American Independent is a political party and is not the same as No Party Preference.


​ ​Common Questions:

1) Who can "crossover"? 

Only No Party Preference voters can "crossover" in this election.

2) What Parties are allowing "crossover" voting?​

The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties are allowing "crossover" voting this election.

3) What if I want to vote for a Republican, Green, or Peace and Freedom presidential candidate? 

You must be registered as Republican to vote for a Republican presidential candidate, or as Green to vote for a Green Party presidential candidate, or as Peace and Freedom to vote for a Peace and Freedom presidential candidate.

4) What if I'm registered with a political party, but I want to vote for another political party's presidential candidate? 

You can only vote for a presidential candidate in your own political party.  You need to re-register with that other political party.  

5) When is the last day I can change my political party for this election?​

February 18, 2020 is the last day you can register to vote or change your party preference for the March 3, 2020 election. ​If you miss the 15 day deadline to register to vote, you can register conditionally​ at any Vote Center in the County of Sacramento.