Crossover voting for March 3, Super Tuesday election explained

| January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Not affiliated with any party, but you want to vote for a Democrat in the presidential primary? No worries. You can do that.

People who are registered to vote with no party preference in presidential primaries are typically given a ballot without presidential candidates. If there is a presidential candidate that a non-partisan voter wants to vote for, then he or she needs to request a ballot for that political party when voting at the polls. Some political parties allow this “crossover” voting. Some do not.

Crossover allowed

Political parties that allow non-partisan voters to use party ballots are the American Independent Party (which is not the same as being registered with no party preference), Democratic Party and Libertarian Party.

Crossover prohibited

Parties that do not allow non-partisan voters to cross over to vote are the Green Party, Peace and Freedom Party and Republican Party. Voters who want to vote for a candidate from one of these parties must be registered to vote in that political party by Tues., Feb. 18. You may register online at prior to that deadline.

If the deadline has passed, you may conditionally register to vote, and vote provisionally, at the County elections office in Norwalk.

Vote by mail

Permanent vote-by-mail voters who are registered with “no party preference” will automatically be mailed a ballot without presidential candidates unless they request an American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian ballot.

For more information, call the Los Angeles County Registrar at 800-815-2666 or email or go to

Additional information on “How To Vote for President” is at

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