What is a primary election?
  • Major political parties (Democratic and Republican) nominate their candidates at a primary election, which is held on the third Tuesday in May of each even-numbered year. Only a voter who is registered as a member of either political party may vote for that party's candidates at the primary election unless the party opens its primary to voters registered as Not a member of a party. If this is the case, voters who are Not a member of a party must request major party ballots from our office.
  • All nonpartisan offices (i.e. judges and district attorneys) are also on the primary election ballot. Any registered voter may vote for those candidates, regardless of the voter's political party affiliation.

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1. Can anyone find out how I've voted once I mail my ballot?
2. Can I change my mind after I've returned the ballot?
3. Can I place other household member's ballots in the same return envelope?
4. Can I vote for more candidates than there are open positions (i.e. vote for two when the race states Vote for One)?
5. Do I have to re-register for each election?
6. Do I have to register by party?
7. Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
8. Do I have to vote on all of the measures / candidates?
9. How do I get information about the candidates and issues?
10. How do I know if my ballot is received?
11. How do you choose the order of the candidates names on the ballot?
12. How do you choose what candidates go on the ballot, because I don't know anything about any of the candidates?
13. How may I register?
14. I will be out of town when ballots are mailed. How do I get a ballot?
15. Is postage required to return the ballot?
16. What does the measure on my ballot effect or change?
17. What if I have moved and have not updated my registration?
18. What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
19. What if my ballot doesn't come?
20. What information is required?
21. What is a primary election?
22. When are ballots counted?
23. When will election results be known?
24. Will my vote still count if I forget to put my ballot into the secrecy envelope?