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Important Information for California Voters!

Important Information for California Voters!

Quick Links for All Voters:

 

Do you want to vote for President on June 7, 2016?

Are you registered to vote? Register today online: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration. Do you know if you are registered or not, and know which political party you registered with? Do you know if you are a “decline-to-state” voter who did not register with any particular political party?If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, the FIRST need is check your registration status with you California Secretary of State website at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/.

For Los Angeles – www.lavote.net/vrstatus or 1-800-815-2666. You can also call 9to5, National Association of Working Women, at 213-201-7029, for personal assistance.

For Santa Clara County (incl. San Jose) – https://eservies.sccgov.org/rov/or 408-299-8683.

Voting in the primary based on your party affiliation:

All Voters can vote in a primary election.

Voting for President depends on the party you are registered with. If you are registered with a political party:  You can vote for a candidate running for President in that party.  If you are registered with no party preference, you can vote in the Presidential primary for the following parties: Democratic, American Independent, Libertarian. You can select the party ballot at your polling place.However, if you registered as a “decline to state” voter and registered to “vote by mail”, (you did not choose a political party when you registered) you will receive a postcard in the mail asking you if you wish to vote with one political parties that will allow participation by “decline to state” voters in this presidential primary. These parties are: Democratic, Libertarian, and American Independent. If you don’t send the postcard back in the mail, you will not receive the PRESIDENTIAL primary ballot in the mail, but you will receive a ballot for the open primary and be able to vote for all state and congressional declared candidates from all parties, under California’s OPEN PRIMARY system.What is the OPEN Primary system? Under this system, the top two vote-getting candidates, regardless of what party they are from, are winners of the primary and will be placed on the ballot in November’s general election. Voters from all political parties and voters who have “declined to state” a party preference can all vote from this same list of all declared candidates.

Heads Up! US Senator Barbara Boxer will resign effective at the end of 2016. Her seat is now open, and there are several declared candidates, including current CA Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.