Calif Primary: “No Party Preference” Voters Not Allowed to Vote Republican

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The Calif primary will no longer allow “no party preference” voters to press that button for Republicans in the Presidential Primary next year. (Washington Times). That’s 5.6 million voters. 

The Sacramento Bee reported,

The California Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday that three parties will have primaries open to those who listed their political affiliation as “no party preference:” the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party and the American Independent Party.

The Republican Party, the Green Party and the Peace and Freedom Party require voters to be registered with their party in order to vote in their primaries. They do not allow so-called cross-over voting.

“As we enter the fifth election cycle under the ‘Top Two Primary’ system, California voters have become increasingly accustomed to voting for the candidates of their choice regardless of political party preference,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in prepared remarks. “The presidential primary, however, remains the exception. Voters registered as ‘no party preference’ have the option of requesting a ballot that includes presidential candidates of a political party that allows ‘cross-over’ voting.”

Translation: If you are listed as “no party preference” you’ll get a card asking you to choose which party ballot to vote for- but it won’t be Republican. You get to choose only from the three parties that take independents. You will not be able to choose Republican, Green or the Peace and Freedom Party.

In most primary states, the primary elections only involve those who are registered in a specific party. “Cross-over” voting is not allowed.  It’s the way parties narrow down their candidates.

In the California free-for-all primary voting system,  voters up until now have been able to vote for whomever they want regardless of party because all ballots are the same. But the Presidential primary is different- only three parties will still be cross-over friendly.

And that troublesome Calif state law attempting to keep President Trump off the ballot entirely was blocked by a Federal judge, but has yet to be handled by the Supreme Court. So whether or not he will be on the California ballot is still up in the air.

The Cali primary is set for March 3. Mail-in voting begins on Feb 3, and the deadline for ballots to reach Sacramento is March 6.

Featured photo: screenshot of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla via YouTube


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Showing 11 comments
  • David Reynolds

    Just another attempt at cheating by the democrats, for them it’s win at all cost and stuff the law.
    This is just another reason to toss all democrats out of office, they are not to be trusted, if they succeed with this then sooner rather than later, they will make sure that they have total control of everything in people’s lives. Big brother is alive and sick In commiefornia.

  • Tim

    This should not prevent anyone from voting for whatever party they choose. If you cannot figure it out, you should not be voting.

    • Brent Rousey

      Then take the crooked Democrats off the ballots and call them law breaking constitutional treason party.

  • Maureen Pike

    Maybe like Jesus we should turn over the tables and destroy the voting boxes so no one votes then

  • Michael Marler

    Segregation – one more small step towards socialism! The American people should have the option to vote for whomever they choose regardless of their registered party status. This is just another attempt by the cheating, lying, deceptive, back door hamstringing to the American people of California by the democratic party.

  • Randall

    Think this through folks. The Republican Primary is “Closed” to ONLY Republicans. This is SMART because we don’t want Democrats voting for whomever they consider the weakest Republican candidate would be against their Democrat candidate. This is DUMB for DEMOCRATS because it allows for Republicans, who know that Trump will be their candidate, to temporarily change their voter registration to “no party preference” in order to vote for whomever they think will be the weakest Democrat candidate to face Trump. Let’s assume that Trump will be kept off the CA ballot. In that scenario, why shouldn’t all Republicans temporarily change their voter registration to “no party preference” in order to vote for whomever they think will be the weakest Democrat candidate to face Trump?

  • Sean

    The Republican Party could choose to allow NPP voters if they wanted to. The California Reublicans don’t want voters not registered as Republicans voting in their primary. It’s not the State of California or Democrats doing anything.

  • Katherine Boston

    I am voting for my choice I have always been Democrat until Obama won, Now I will vote Republican my choice, I live in America where Choice has always been Free America is the land of the Free That will not, Should not change

  • Joe Sorbello

    Sounds like Nazi Germany, Communist China or some other “shit hole” country. Isn’t this a violation of election law? Or maybe, in some way, a violation of the U.S. Constitution? Disgraceful.

  • Ron

    So why can’t a “no party preference” voter – register as a Republican? Then are tehy able to vote Republican?

  • Shawna Keermann

    I’ll just have to write in President Trumps name then won’t I. This stupid state has no right to tell me who I can and cannot vote for!

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