Don't Miss the Deadline!
Did you know that with California's early March 3rd Presidential Primary Election Day, the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18?
Presidential Primary Election in California - Tuesday, March 3
Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm
Presidential General Election - Tuesday, November 3
California Presidential Primary Election Information:
Voter Registration Deadlines:
- Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, February 18. Online, opens a new window or Postmark by February 18.
- New citizen voter registration period (sworn in after February 17, 2020): February 18 - March 3.
Are you registered as 'No Party Preference'?
- People registered as No Party Preference (NPP) will get a non-partisan ballot without any presidential candidates.
- The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties have opted for an open primary and will allow No Party Preference voters to "crossover" and select their ballot and vote for a presidential candidate. If you vote by mail and want to crossover, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org, opens a new window right away with your choice or call 415-473-6456. If you vote at a polling place and want to crossover, you may let your poll worker know on Election Day which ballot you want to select (American Independent Party, Democratic Party, Libertarian Party). If you don’t take either action, you will receive a non-partisan ballot without presidential primary candidates.
- The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican parties have opted for a closed primary, so people wishing to vote on one of those ballots will need to re-register with that party. (The deadline to register is February 18, 2020.)
- Questions? Call 415-473-6456.
Important dates for Marin County voters:
- Monday, February 3: Vote-by-mail ballots mailed and voting by mail begins in Elections Department weekdays 8 am to 4:30 pm.
- Thursday, February 13: Contact Elections Department if you have not received your mail ballot.
- Tuesday, February 18: Last day to mail voter registration form.
- Wednesday, February 19: Starting this day, residents may register and vote provisionally in the Elections Department; on Election Day, they may register and vote provisionally at their polling place.
- Tuesday, February 25: Application for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the Elections Department to fulfill the request by mail.
Tuesday, March 3 is Election Day - Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm:
- Voters may register and vote provisionally at their polling place.
- Elections Department open from 7 am until 8 pm for registering and voting provisionally.
- Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be signed and postmarked on or before this day.
- Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot (in its signed envelope) at the Elections Department or any polling place by 8 pm.
Become an Informed Voter:
California on Ballotpedia, opens a new window (from Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of politics and elections)
CSPAN: Campaign 2020, opens a new window (Presidential campaign video, candidate information and election results)
Project Vote Smart, opens a new window (Sample Ballots by Zip Code; Elected Officials & Candidates voting records, interest group ratings, speeches, campaign contributions, and contact information, current and past ballot measures by date & issue)
Open Secrets, opens a new window (nonpartisan information about the influence of money on politics; from The Center for Responsive Politics)
FactCheck, opens a new window (monitors factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases; a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)
For More Information:
California Voting & Elections Toolkit, opens a new window
California Elections and Voter Information, opens a new window
County of Marin Elections/Registrar of Voters, opens a new window
League of Women Voters of Marin County, opens a new window