Jan 9 2020

Piedmonters with No Party Preference May Not Vote in 2020 Presidential Primary

A number of Piedmonters are registered as “No Party Preference” and may not realize they may not be able to vote by mail for  nominees in California’s Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020, unless they changed their registration prior to January 2, 2020.

Piedmonters are confused by the following statement on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website:

All registered voters in Alameda County are eligible for this Presidential Primary Election.

Change your party affiliation at any time by filling out a new registration form; you can use the Online Registration Form. Be sure to re-register at least 15 days prior to the next election in order for the change to take effect for that election.

However, in late December, 2019 the Alameda County Registrar of Voters  mailed notices to every Piedmonter registered as “No Party Preference” stating:

You are currently registered to vote as No Party Preference.  You will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election that does not include candidates for U.S. President unless you return this postcard” [with a party selection] “by January 2, 2020.”

Some citizens did not see this notice until after the holidays.

Piedmonters registered as “No Party Preference,” who wish to vote for a party candidate in the presidential primary on March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, are encouraged to re-register at least 15 days prior to March 3 here and then go to the polls to vote in person on March 3.

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