No Party Preference Information

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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 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

The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican presidential primaries are open only to voters registered with their respective parties.