We are all looking forward to the California Primary on March 3. Moving the primary date earlier was designed to have California play the significant role it deserves in choosing the Presidential candidates.
BUT.......The Democratic Party made a huge mistake.
The California electorate is divided into 3 major voting blocks:
(No Party Preference - neither Republican nor Democrat)
The Democratic Party decided not to put any Presidential candidates on the NPP ballots. So unless the voter takes action, there will not be a vote from NPP voters for a Presidential candidate. The Republican Party also decided not to include Presidential candidates on their ballot, but they will also not allow voters who are not registered as Republicans to vote in the Republican primary.
So if you are registered NPP and want to vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate, here are the actions you must take:
#1 Check your voter registration to confirm you are registered NPP.
If you want to vote as a democrat, you can change your registration. But if it's after you receive your mail-in ballot, you will still have to request a Democratic ballot.
#2 You should have received a postcard asking if you want to vote as a Democrat. If you have not, request from the Registrar a "crossover" Democratic ballot. This must be requested by February 25. The postcard mailed to you says you needed to return it by December, but this is an error. The request for a crossover ballot needs to be received by February 25, either by postcard or on-line at the following address (cut and paste):
#3 The final option - go "old school" and vote in person. At the polls, ask for a crossover Democratic ballot.
This is incredibly complicated, but important! NPP voters lean heavily Democratic, and could be in the millions, effecting the outcome of the California election and perhaps the national election. Please share this with your family and friends. Together we can make a difference.
For more details, copy and paste the address below: