How to vote in the California presidential primary, explained

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Californians will vote on March 3rd for

presidential nominees and already a

bunch of people online or dispensing

advice that's totally wrong

Silvia wrong Roy wrong oh come on

susan sarandon just incredibly wrong let

me explain

hi I'm Ben Christopher elections

reporter at Cal matters grab a pen

here's how the 2020 presidential primary

works in California the primaries for

the Republican Party the Green Party the

Peace and Freedom Party are for members

only no exceptions you know you can't

write the man or draw your own box or

nothing if you want to vote in those

three primaries re register and join

that party the last day to register

online or switch your party is February

18th if you miss the deadline you can

still register in person at your local

polling place but not every party has a

members-only policy the Democratic

American independent and libertarian

parties welcome people registered as no

party preference that's people without a

political party to vote in their

primaries but you have to request the

ballot you want if your registrar sent

you a postcard fill it out and send it

back if you missed your county's

deadline or mistakenly got a ballot

without any presidential candidates on

it you can still call or email your

county to fix it or just ask for it if

you vote in person which raises the

question you'll have to ask this guy why

it's so complicated that Secretary of

State Alex Padilla he oversees

California's elections when people are

running for president of the United

States and the political parties

determined the rules parties play a

major role in our democracy but their

private clubs so when it comes to

picking their nominees or choosing

delegates they decide who gets to vote

in their primary and how much those

votes count that's California primary

voting in a nutshell remember you can

register to vote online anytime until

February 18th at register to vote CA gov

or you can register any time in person

including on Election Day learn more at

Cal matters org

I'm been Christopher