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MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

How to vote for the Presidential Nominee on June 7, 2016


>> All eligible voters can vote in the June 7 Primary Election.

>> Your choices for Presidential Nominee in a primary election depend on your political party.


If you are  registered with a political party:

You can only vote for a candidate running to be the presidential nominee for that party. If you wish to vote for a candidate in a different party than your current registration, you must re-register with that party by May 23, 2016. Check your registration


If you registered with no party preference, but wish to vote in the presidential primary election, you can choose one of the following political parties:

  • American Independent
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian

You can select the party ballot at your polling place. Just tell the poll worker. If you vote by mail, you will be sent a letter to select a party ballot or you can request a ballot here. Making a selection to participate in a party’s primary in this election will not change your registration status as a no party preference voter.


If you registered with no party preference and wish to vote in the presidential primary election for one of the other political parties not listed above:

  • Green
  • Peace & Freedom
  • Republican

You must re-register to vote with that party by May 23, 2016.


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What are Delegates?

In the presidential primaries, voters actually select delegates who have committed to represent a particular candidate at the party’s national convention later in the summer.


The job of delegates is to confirm voters’ choice on the floor of the party’s national convention. Most states’ primaries and caucuses are binding, meaning that the results legally bind some or all of the delegates to vote for a particular candidate unless the candidate releases their delegates, for example if they drop out of the race. How states allocate their delegates varies with some being proportional to the election results while others are winner-takes-all.


California’s presidential primaries are governed by Division 6 of the California Election Code, and the By-Laws of each political party. The number of pledged delegates, unpledged delegates and at-large delegates, as well as how they are allocated by population, varies by party. To learn more about the specific rules for the presidential candidates and delegates, please contact the specific political party.

Voter-Nominated Offices

Voter-nominated offices are state constitutional offices, state legislative offices, and U.S. congressional offices.


All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on every ballot. Only the top two vote-getters in the primary election for a particular office move on to the general election, regardless of the candidate’s party preference. A write-in candidate will only move on to the general election if the candidate is one of the top two vote-getters in the primary election.

The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices.



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Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348
Email: registrar@smcare.org


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Phone: 1 (888) 762-8683 or 1 (888) SMC-VOTE