Cross Over Ballot

Crossover Voting

Californians who are registered to vote with No Party Preference (NPP) may request an American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party presidential primary ballot for the March 3, 2020 election. This is a process known as ‘crossover voting.’ If an NPP voter does not request a crossover ballot, they will receive a primary election ballot without any presidential candidates listed.

The Napa County Election Division mailed a postcard to all NPP voters on November 6, 2019 that will allow them to select an American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party ballot in advance of vote-by-mail ballots being sent out. An NPP voter may simply select which party’s ballot they would like to vote for and return the post card by mail. 

No Party Preference voters who do not respond to this postcard will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates listed. If this happens, they are still able to request a crossover ballot from their county elections official via:

  • Phone--contact the Election Division at (888) 494-8356
  • Email--send to
  • Fax -- fax your request to (707) 253-4390

Voters requesting a cross over ballot by email or fax must clearly indicate which party's ballot they are requesting. Please include your full name, date of birth, residential address and mailing address (if applicable) so that we may locate your voter record.

Voters can also take their non-partisan vote-by-mail ballot to any Vote Center in Napa County and exchange it for a ballot with presidential candidates from the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party. If you did not receive or forgot your ballot, NPP voters who appear in person at a Vote Center may simply request their desired crossover ballot from the above mentioned parties at check in.

Voters Registered with a Political Party

Voters registered with a political party can only vote for that party’s presidential candidates in a primary election. These voters must re-register to vote if they wish to vote in another party’s presidential primary election.

How to Check

Voting in a primary can be confusing.  Not sure if you need a replacement ballot?  Use the Secretary of State's How to Vote for U.S. President tool here. You can check your voter registration status here.