NOTE: With the June 7 Primary Election just seven weeks away, there has been some confusion over ‘party registration’ and ‘no party preference options.’ The following questions were asked of Madera County Clerk-Recorder and Register of Voters Rebecca Martinez for clarification:
Question: I am registered with a political party - what are my options in voting for president?
Martinez: You can vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary Election, but only for the candidates in your party.
Question: I am registered as Non-partisan/No Party Preference - what are my options for voting for president?
Martinez: You have two options. You can vote the Non-partisan/No Party Preference ballot, which will not contain the office of president, or you can choose a ballot from one of the following parties: Democrat, American Independent, or Libertarian. If you vote at the polls, you can select the party ballot at your polling place. If you vote by mail, a notice has already been sent to you.
Question: I am registered with Non-partisan/No Party Preference, what do I have to do to vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary for one of these three political parties - Republican, Green, or Peace & Freedom?
Martinez: You must register to vote with the party of your choice by May 23.
Question: How many candidates are running for the office of United States senator?
Martinez: There are 34 candidates running for the office of United States senator.
Under California’s Top Two primary, all candidates for Vote-Nominated offices appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, which will be held on June 7, voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. The top two finishers - regardless of party - advance to the general election in November, even if a candidate manages to receive a majority of the votes cast in the primary election.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is not running for re-election to a fifth term in office. This will be the first open seat Senate election in California in 24 years.
Question: How many of those candidates can I vote for?
Martinez: One - if you vote for more than one candidate for that office, your vote will not be counted for that office.
Question: Are all the U.S. Senate candidates listed on the front of the voting card?
Martinez: No - the candidates will be listed on the front and the back of your “B” card. Be sure to turn the card over to see all the candidates for United States senator.