Voters not affiliated with a qualified political party (also known as No Party Preference Voters) may vote a ballot of a qualified political party allowing participation by non-affiliated voters.
For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, the following parties have agreed to allow non-affiliated voters to vote their party’s ballot for the President of the United States contest:
American Independent Party
NOTE: The other qualified parties did not agree to allow non-affiliated voters to vote their party’s ballots.
Beginning in 2020, all voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
As a voter registered with an unqualified or unknown political party, you will have the same options as a voter registered with No Party Preference for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.
The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary Elections.
Beginning in 2020, all voters in Orange County will receive a vote-by-mail ballot
A postcard has been sent to you that will allow you to request an American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party ballot. Once you make your selection, return it in the mail. You can also request one of these selections on our website at ocvote.com/npp, by calling our office at 714-567-7600, or by sending a fax to 714-567-7556.
If you do not request a partisan ballot by returning the postcard, submitting the request on our website, or calling our office by the deadline, you will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates. If this happens, you can request a replacement ballot from your county elections official by:
- Submitting a request on our website
- Calling our office at 714-567-7600
- Fax to 714-567-7556
- Voting in person at a Vote Center beginning on February 22, 2020
If you choose to vote in person at a Vote Center beginning on February 22, 2020
Ask the Vote Center staff for a ballot with either American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party presidential candidates when checking-in at the Vote Center.
Voting in the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Party Primary
If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.
You can re-register to vote online at ocvote.com/register. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a Vote Center.
No Party Preference Additional Questions
The Secretary of State’s Office has advised the Registrar of Voters that three qualified parties are allowing voters not affiliated with a political party (No Party Preference voters) to vote for their parties’ candidates in the 2020 Presidential Primary Election. The parties allowing non-affiliated voters to do so are the Democratic Party, American Independent Party, and the Libertarian Party.
The following are frequently asked questions concerning No Party Preference Voters:
As a No Party Preference Voter, why did I receive a postcard?
Since you are registered as No Party Preference, you received a postcard explaining that you have the option to vote for candidates of qualified parties if they notified the Secretary of State that they are allowing non-affiliated voters to do so. You can request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party or the Libertarian party by returning the postcard, or submitting a request online here. You can also call our office to make this request at 714-567-7600.
Why are only three parties listed on the postcard and not all the other qualified parties, including the Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom Parties?
Only the Democratic, American Independent, and Libertarian Parties notified the Secretary of State that they are allowing non-affiliated (No Party Preference) voters to vote for candidates of their parties.
Why didn’t the other parties allow No Party Preference voters to vote for their candidates?
This was a decision made by each political party, not the Registrar of Voters. Contact the political parties for more information.
If I am a No Party Preference voter, how can I request a ballot for the Republican Party, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom Party?
You need to re-register with that party. Click here to re-register.
If I do not request a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot, will I be allowed to vote?
Yes, you will be allowed to vote. No Party Preference voters not requesting one of those ballots will be given a non-partisan ballot, containing only the names of the candidates for non-partisan (No Party Preference) offices, voter-nominated offices, and measures to be voted upon.
If I do request a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot, will I now be registered with that party?
No, you will still be registered as a No Party Preference voter. You will only be given a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, if requested.
If I am a No Party Preference voter, am I considered a registered voter?
Yes, you are a registered voter but not affiliated with a qualified political party.
I’m an Independent Party voter. Am I considered a No Party Preference Voter?
A No Party Preference voter is one who did not register with one of the qualified political parties – Democratic, Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom. The “Independent Party” is not a qualified political party, and voters who registered with this party will be treated in the same manner as a No Party Preference voter.