Secretary of State Alex Padilla Certifies Candidate List for March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election

SACRAMENTO, CA December 30, 2019 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla published the certified lists of candidates who will appear on March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election ballots. The official lists, with ballot designations for each candidate, if applicable, and contact information is available at: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov//statewide-elections/2020-primary/cert-list-candidates.pdf 

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Mailing Period The first March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election ballots may go out to California’s military and overseas voters as early as January 3. Counties begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots on February 3. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot by mail is February 25.  

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Voters Registered with No Party Preference Californians who are registered to vote with No Party Preference may request an American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party presidential primary ballot. This is a process known as “crossover voting.” If a No Party Preference voter does not request a crossover ballot, they will receive a primary election ballot without any presidential candidates listed. No Party Preference voters who vote in person may simply request their desired crossover ballot when checking in at the polls.  

No Party Preference voters who vote by mail will receive a postcard from their county elections official in advance that will allow them to select an American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party ballot. A No Party Preference voter may simply select which party’s ballot they would like to vote for and return the postcard by mail. These postcards will be sent in advance of vote-by-mail ballots being sent out.  

No Party Preference voters who do not respond to this postcard will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates listed. If this happens, they are still able to request a crossover ballot from their county elections official via:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax

  Voters can also take their non-partisan vote-by-mail ballot to their polling place (or any vote center in a Voters’ Choice Act County) and exchange it for a ballot with presidential candidates from the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party.  

Voters Registered with a Political Party Voters registered with a political party can only vote for that party’s presidential candidates in a primary election. These voters must re-register to vote if they wish to vote in another party’s presidential primary election.  

Visit HowtoVoteforPresident.sos.ca.gov for more information on voting for U.S. President in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.  

For more information on the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary election, visit: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/presidential-primary-election-march-3-2020/