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Voters with no party ties can vote for Democrat presidential hopefuls

The Presidential Primary Election on March 3 is right around the corner.

The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters is conducting workshops to help folks learn about the voting process, election transparency and observable activities.

“The primaries will determine who will run for president in November,” said Melinda Dubroff of the Registrar of Voters office in Stockton.

She was at the El Concilio office in Manteca Wednesday for a Voter Registration & Vote-by-Mail Workshop.

Those who are registered or registering as a “No Party Preference” – or NPP voter – will not have the contest for U.S. President on their ballot.

She noted that NNP voters will have two options in this case:

  • Re-register with a political party in order to receive that party’s ballot.
  • Cross-over and vote as American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian ballot without re-registering.

Those three parties do allow NPP voters to vote in their primary. The Green, Republican and Peace & Freedom, by contrast, require voters to register with their respective party for the primary.

The SJC Registrar of Voters, in accordance with state law, recently mailed post cards to permanent Vote-by-Mail voters who are registered as NPP, notifying recipients of their NPP status while stating the rules for the California Presidential Primaries.

“In the General Election in November, you will see all (presidential) candidates,” Dubroff said.

Locally, the primary election will have several congressional and state senate races along some of the school bond measures.

Included is Measure R, which is the Manteca Unified School District’s student safety and classroom repair measure. Required is 55 percent voter approval to improve student safety / campus safety systems while repairing and replacing old electrical heating and ventilation systems, roofs, and plumbing coupled with upgrading and constructing new classrooms.

SJC Registrar of Voters will have another workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Tracy Transit Center, 50 E. Sixth St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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