Do You Want to Vote for President in 2024?

Voting in a Presidential Primary

Each Qualified Political Party will have their own ballot for the Primary Election.

  • Voters registered as No Party Preference (NPP) receive a ballot without Presidential candidates.
  • NPP voters have the ability to request a crossover ballot without changing their registration.
  • Voters registered with a party will only be able to vote for that party's candidates for President.
  • Keep reading to find out how to get the ballot you want for the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election.

Voters registered as No Party Preference/Other Party

Voters registered as No Party Preference (NPP for short, also known as Independent or Decline to State) or with a party that is not qualified will receive a ballot without Presidential candidates. However, they have the opportunity to vote for President by requesting a ballot from one of the parties that allows these voters to participate in their party's Primary without updating their registration. This is known as a crossover ballot. 

Crossover Ballot

Before each Presidential Primary, parties are asked if they will allow crossover voting. The three parties allowing crossover for the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary are: American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian. 

To request a crossover ballot:

All NPP voters were mailed a postcard in November 2023 with the option to choose a party's crossover ballot. All voters who returned their postcard by January 2, 2024 will receive their requested ballot in their ballot packet.

NPP voters who did not respond to this postcard will be mailed a ballot without the presidential contest on it. If this happens, you can still request a crossover ballot by submitting the No Party Preference Cross-over Ballot Notice and Application (PDF) through one of the methods below.

  • Mail: send to 1127 1st St. Ste E, Napa CA 94559
  • Email: send to [email protected]
  • Fax: fax to (707) 253-4390
  • In person: visit us at 1127 1st St. Ste E, Napa CA 94559
  • Or call the Election Division at (888) 494-8356

Voters can also take their NPP ballot to any Vote Center in Napa County and exchange it for a crossover ballot. If you did not receive or forgot your ballot, NPP voters who appear in person at a Vote Center can still request a crossover ballot at check in.

Parties with a closed primary

To vote for the candidates of a party that does not allow crossover voting in the Primary, voters must re-register with that party before February 20, 2024 to have a ballot mailed to them or appear in person at any Vote Center.

Voters registered with a Qualified Political Party

Voters registered with a political party will receive a ballot that contains only that party's Presidential candidates (Note: American Independent is a political party with its own candidates. It is NOT independent).

Party voters are not eligible for crossover as they are already registered with a party preference. If they wish to vote for a candidate of another party, they must re-register with that party to ensure they receive the party ballot they want. Voters who re-register prior to February 20, 2024 will have an updated ballot mailed to them.

How to Check

Voting in a primary can be confusing. Not sure how to get the right ballot? Use the Secretary of State's How to Vote for U.S. President tool. To check your voter registration status in real time, visit My Voter Status.