The Department of Elections Reminds No Party Preference Voters who Plan to Vote for President to Request a Primary Election Ballot with Presidential Candidates

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, January 9, 2020 – The Department of Elections advises No Party Preference voters who want to vote for U.S. President to request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates. The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their March 3 Presidential Primary elections.

No Party Preference voters who vote by mail and who do not inform the Department of Elections by January 14 about which primary presidential ballot they want to receive, will be mailed ballots without presidential candidates. Voters will be able to exchange their ballots for their preferred ballots by following the instructions enclosed in their vote-by-mail ballot packets. 

"We are encouraging No Party Preference voters who vote by mail to inform the Department at their earliest opportunity if they would like to vote for a presidential candidate,” said Director John Arntz. “By doing so, voters will be mailed the ballots with the presidential contests in which they would like to vote and this will prevent delays in voters’ getting their preferred ballots.”

Last month, the Department of Elections sent a postcard with pre-paid return postage to nearly 110,000 No Party Preference voters so they can make their ballot selections and return the postcard via mail.

The Department also sent several email reminders advising voters to submit their ballot requests by using one of the available options: online at sfelections.org/voterportal, by calling the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, or emailing sfvote@sfgov.org.

The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican parties will not allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary elections. No Party Preference voters who want to vote for a Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Party presidential candidate, must reregister with that specific party.

Before February 18, voters may reregister online at registertovote.ca.gov or by completing a Voter Registration Application and returning it in person or by mail to the Department of Elections.  After February 18, voters can reregister at a voting center or polling place on Election Day and vote a provisional ballot that reflect their new party.

Voters can check their registered party preference at sfelections.org/voterportal or by calling the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.

For more information about primary election rules, visit sfelections.org/2020primary.

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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
sfelections.org

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