Voting for Candidates in the June Primary Election and No Party Preference

Voting for Candidates in the June 7, 2016 Primary Election

If you are registered as a member of a political party, you will be given a ballot with that party’s candidates. If you have not stated a party preference, you may request a ballot for one of these 3 parties:

● American Independent Party
● Democratic Party
● Libertarian Party

Anyone else should update his or her voter registration before May 23 in order to get a ballot to vote for candidates for a party outside of their current registration. In other words, if you wish to vote for a Republican candidate, you must be registered as a Republican. If you wish to vote for a Democratic candidate, you may be registered as either a Democrat or no party selected. Go to the Registrar of Voters website to confirm your current registration and change it if you wish. If you have moved since the last election, you are required to update your voter registration.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters look-up is at:

From there, find a link to the Secretary of State to add or change your registration. Please freely share this information!

No Party Preference Info
Voting in Presidential Primary Elections

Each political party has the option of allowing people who register to vote without stating a political party preference (“no party preference” voters – formerly known as “decline-to-state” voters) to vote in their presidential primary election. A political party must notify the Secretary of State’s office whether or not they will allow “no party preference” voters to vote in their presidential primary election 135 days before the election.

If a “no party preference” voter wishes to vote in the presidential primary election of a political party which has notified the Secretary of State that they will allow “no party preference” voters to vote in their party’s primary, a “no party preference” voter would simply ask their county elections office or ask a poll worker at their polling place for a ballot for that political party. A voter may not request more than one party’s ballot.

– Phyllis Gale, Voter Services
– Deborah Malbec, Communications Chair

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