Santa Rosa, CA – December 10, 2019 – Sonoma County, California – Vote by Mail voters who are registered with No Party Preference will be receiving postcards in the mail from the Registrar of Voters Office in the coming days. The postcard requires action on behalf of the voter, if they wish to receive a ballot containing Presidential
candidates, and will include instructions for completion and return of the postcard. The deadline to return the postcard to the Registrar of Voters is December 31, 2019 in order to receive the desired ballot. The Registrar of Voters wants voters to be on the lookout for the fold-over postcard, which
will look like this:
WILL YOU GET TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT IN THE MARCH 2020 PRIMARY?
You are receiving this notice because you are registered to Vote by Mail and did not indicate a preference for a qualified political party. You will automatically receive a nonpartisan ballot, which does NOT include presidential candidates. However, you can choose to vote a party’s presidential primary ballot if that party allows crossover voting.
In this election, only three qualified political parties are allowing crossover voting: the American Independent Party, the Democratic Party, and the Libertarian Party. The other three qualified political parties (the Green Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Republican Party) are NOT allowing crossover voting.
If you want to vote in the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian presidential primary:
- Check the box next to the party ballot of your choice on the attached form.
- Sign and date the form.
- Return the postcard before December 31, 2019 to ensure you receive the correct ballot.
If you want to vote in the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican presidential primary:
- Re-register with that party by February 18, 2020. If you miss this deadline, contact our office.
Watch out for a white envelope marked OFFICIAL ELECTION MAIL and OFFICIAL BALLOT ENCLOSED.
If you have any questions or your ballot does not arrive by February 13, 2020, call our office at
(707) 565-6800 or
1 (800) 750-VOTE (8683) (toll free). You can also email us at
You can verify your registration information by visiting
For more information on voting for U.S. President, visit
Polling place voters registered as No Party Preference will receive an informational postcard that will look similar, but will not require the voter to complete and return the card to the Registrar of Voters, but rather to be aware they will have options at the polling place on Election Day.
Voters should be aware that some voters may have unknowingly had their party registration changed to No Party Preference while conducting a transaction at the DMV, as part of the automatic voter registration process implemented in a 2018 statewide rollout. It is
believed that some voters may have bypassed the party preference question which in turn would default their party to No Party Preference. Because of this, County Clerk Deva Marie Proto urges voters to check their voter registration status in advance of the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary
Election. Voters can check their status at the California Secretary of State’s website
voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/. Voters have a chance to verify or update their information after entering their name, California driver license or identification card number, last four digits of their social security number, and date of birth. Voters wishing to update
their information must re-register to vote, and can do so on the same website. The deadline to register or re-register is February 17, 2020.
The California Secretary of State also offers other online resources. Voters wishing to know more about how to vote for president in the State of California can find information at
howtovoteforpresident.sos.ca.gov/. From this website, voters who have researched their voter status can find information on how to vote for president specific to their party preference.
Voters wishing to verify information they are reading or hearing about the upcoming election have another resource, also offered by the Secretary of State, which is called Vote-Sure. This resource from the Secretary of State’s Office allows voters to review frequently asked questions,
get early voting information, find out about voting in California, and other valuable information, and also offers voters the ability to report misinformation to the Secretary of State. Visit
sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-sure/ to find out more.
For more information about voter registration or other election matters, contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office, 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or telephone
(707) 565-6800 or
1 (800) 750-VOTE (8683) toll free.