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Voters urged to double-check registration for complex Presidential Primary

Registrar expects a complicated March 2020 ballot
Posted at 1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-30 18:08:14-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With the March 2020 Presidential Primary approaching, the San Diego Registrar of Voters is urging everyone to make sure they are registered properly.

"This one election is the most complex elections for administrators like ourselves and voters that are out there," says Registrar Michael Vu.

With six political parties holding presidential primaries, plus the dozens of overlapping state and local district elections, Vu expects to create more than 12,000 unique versions of the ballot. Rules on who can vote in each party make it even more complicated.

In December, Vu's office sent out more than 500,000 mailers to voters to make sure they know the options.

Anyone registered with a specific party will only be allowed to vote in that party's primary. Republicans will vote for the Republican candidates, Democrats for Democrats and so on.

But, right now more then 30 percent of registered voters in San Diego are listed as "No-Party Preference."

For those people, they can choose to vote in the primary for American Independent, Democrat, or Libertarian parties. They cannot vote in the Republican, Green, or Peace and Freedom parties.

"It makes it a little more confusing," says Vu. "Something that voters need to know what political party status they are in. And if it’s different from the presidential candidates they want to vote for, they need to register or re-register now."

To help voters navigate their options, the Registrar has set up a website where people can get all the information they need.

The deadline to choose a party, or to choose which primary you want to vote in, is January 6.

"If you’re a non-partisan voter, now is the time to act," says Vu. "Frankly, if you’re a voter in general just make sure you verify all of your information."