Voting for President in the March 5, 2024 Primary depends on which party you are registered with. 

Six political parties are holding Presidential Primaries:

  • American Independent
  • Democratic
  • Green
  • Libertarian
  • Peace and Freedom
  • Republican

If you are registered with one of these parties, your ballot will include the candidates running for that party’s presidential nomination. If you are registered with one political party, you may not vote a ballot for another political party unless you re-register with that party.

You can check your voter registration and which party you are regitered with at: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

If you are not registered with one of the six political parties, or if you registered Decline to State, Independent, or Nonpartisan, you are a No Party Preference (NPP) Voter.

Three parties allow NPP voters to vote in their presidential primary:

  • American Independent
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian

If you want to vote in one of these party primaries, you must ask for that ballot:

  • by phone - 831-454-2060. You will need to provide your name, the address where you live, the address where you want us to mail your ballot, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your driver's license number. 
  • by email to PartyBallot@votescount.santacruzcountyca.gov. You will need to provide your name, the address where you live, the address where you want us to mail your ballot, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your driver's license number. 
  • by FAX to 831-454-2445. You will need to provide your name, the address where you live, the address where you want us to mail your ballot, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your driver's license number. 
  • by completing the online application below.

If you receive a ballot without the office of President and want to vote on that office, contact the county elections office using one of the methods above, and a new ballot will be mailed to you.

If you vote at an in-person voting location, you can select a party ballot there.

If you do not select a party ballot, you will receive a Nonpartisan ballot that will not include the office of President.

These three parties allow only voters registered with their party to vote in their presidential primary:

  • Republican                             
  • Green                                     
  • Peace and Freedom

If you want to change your party registration before the Primary Election:

You can re-register to vote at: https://registertovote.ca.gov/ or at any in-person voting location.