Cross Over Ballot
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.
The time to request a Cross Over Ballot to be mailed to you has passed. Voters can 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.