No Party Preference Information
Voting in Presidential Primary Elections
Voters who registered to vote without stating a political party preference are known as No Party Preference (NPP) voters. NPP voters were formerly known as "decline-to-state" or “DTS” voters.
For presidential primary elections: NPP voters will receive a “non-partisan” ballot that does not include presidential candidates. A nonpartisan ballot contains only the names of candidates for voter-nominated offices and local nonpartisan offices and measures. However, NPP voters may vote in a political party's partisan election if the political party, by party rule duly noticed to the Secretary of State, authorizes NPP voters to vote in the next presidential primary election. An NPP voter may request the ballot of one of the political parties, if any, that authorizes NPP voters to vote in the presidential primary election.
The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican presidential primaries are open only to voters registered with their respective parties. You can re-register for one of these parties online.
The following parties have notified California Secretary of State Alex Padilla that they will allow No Party Preference voters to request their party’s presidential ballot in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election: American Independent Party, Democratic Party, Libertarian Party
Permanent Vote By Mail voters who are registered as No Party Preference were mailed a postcard with information on how they can request a ballot with the American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian presidential candidates.
No Party Preference voters who did not respond to the postcard will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates listed. If this happens, they are still able to request one of the above party's ballot by contacting LA County Registrar Recorder's Office via phone at (800) 815-2666 or by email email@example.com.
The deadline to register to vote is February 18, 2020