The Department of Elections Launches a March 2020 Presidential Primary Ballot Tool

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, December 6, 2019 – The Department of Elections has launched a March 2020 Presidential Primary Ballot tool to inform voters about steps they may need to take to receive the ballots with their preferred presidential candidates for the March 3, 2020, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election. 

“The tool provides information and actions that are customized to the individual’s political party preference and is part of the Department’s outreach efforts to provide San Franciscans with information about primary election rules,” said Director John Arntz. “We encourage voters and community partners to use this tool and share a link to the tool – – via social media, constituent newsletters, and on their websites.” 

The tool can be accessed from the homepage of and is available in English, Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish.

Voters utilizing the March 2020 Presidential Primary Ballot tool are reminded that the voters’ registered party preference will determine which presidential candidates will be listed on their March 3 election ballots. On the same screen, voters are encouraged to check their registered party preference using the Department’s Voter Portal, to which a link is provided. With that information confirmed, a voter may enter both their registered party preference and the party of their preferred presidential candidate using two simple dropdown menus. With that information entered, the tool generates a list of options for that particular voter. 

For example, for a voter registered with a specific political party preference but wanting to vote for a presidential candidate of a different party conducting a closed presidential primary election (Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican parties), the output screen will indicate that the voter will need to reregister and explain registration options before and after the registration deadline, February 18.

As another example, for a voter registered with no party preference and who wants to vote in the presidential primary of one of the parties conducting a modified-closed primary election (American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties), the output screen will provide options for requesting a “crossover” ballot, which will include that party’s presidential primary contest, or reregistering with that party, which will allow the voter to vote in that party’s presidential primary contest as well as that party’s County Central Committee member contest.

For more information about primary election rules, visit or call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.


Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375

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