Voting for President in Primary Election? Get the Mail Ballot You Need

If you are registered as a nonpartisan voter, you get your ballot by mail and you want to vote for president in the June primary, the Registrar of Voters needs to hear from you.

Nonpartisan ballots won’t list any presidential candidates so if you’d like to cast a vote for president, the Registrar needs to send you a different mail ballot.

The Registrar of Voters office sent out more than 300,000 postcards to nonpartisan vote-by-mail voters in early March to let them know they have choices if they want to vote for president. They can request a mail ballot for one of three political parties: American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian. 

Those parties are allowing nonpartisan voters to take part in their elections. Selecting one of these political party ballots will not permanently change your party registration but will allow you to vote for the presidential candidate of any one of the above parties for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.

Choose which of those party ballots you’d like to receive for the primary on the postage paid postcard and return it by April 13. If you can’t find the postcard, call the Registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800.  

If you want to vote for a presidential candidate in the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican parties, you’ll need to re-register with that party before May 23. They allow only registered members of their parties to take part in their presidential primary elections. 

You can check your current registration status. and re-register to vote online. If your signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, it will automatically be sent to the Registrar of Voters office. If the signature is not confirmed, print the form, sign it and mail it to the Registrar or you can drop it off in person at the Registrar’s office in Kearny Mesa. By state law, the Registrar must have your original signature.

For additional information, call (858) 565-5800 or visit sdvote.com.




Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact