Primary Election Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I check my party preference?
Log into the Voter Portal or call the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375.
2. Can I choose any political party preference?
Yes. You can choose from the six qualified political parties on the registration form. These are the parties that will hold their presidential primaries on March 5, 2024.
3. Can I change my party preference to vote for a different presidential candidate?
Yes. To do so, you will need to re-register to vote with a new party.
- Through February 20, any voter can register to vote online or fill out a paper registration form.
- Through Election Day, March 5, you can change your party preference at the City Hall Voting Center.
- On Election Day, you can change your party preference at your neighborhood polling place.
Remember, you may vote in only one party’s primary election.
4. Do I need to choose a political party preference?
No. If you choose to register with no party preference, you can still get a ballot with the presidential candidates of some parties, but not all. Your party preference does not affect your ability to vote for any other contests on the ballot.
5. If I have no party preference, how can I vote for presidential candidates?
As a voter with no party preference, you will get a nonpartisan ballot with no presidential candidates unless you request a ballot of one of the parties that will allow voters with no party preference to participate in their presidential primaries. Check back with the Department of Elections in the fall of 2023 to learn which parties will allow voters with no party preference to vote for their presidential candidates and how to request a party ballot.
Check your voter record!
In February 2024, the Department of Elections will mail every local voter a ballot matching their registered party preference to the address in their voter record.
- Log into the Voter Portal or call 415-554-4375 to check information in your voter record.
- Go to registertovote.ca.gov or return a paper voter registration form to update information in your voter record, including your address and party preference.
Need to register to vote?
Go to registertovote.ca.gov or call 415-554-4375 for a paper voter registration form.
Apply to be a poll worker!
We will need to recruit over 2,000 poll workers to serve in the March 5, 2024 election – including many bilingual speakers. You can help your community and earn up to $295 as a poll worker! For more information, visit our Poll Worker page or call 415-554-4395.
Last updated September 14, 2023