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Crossover Voting FAQs

  • What is Crossover Voting?
  • Voters that are not registered with a qualified political party may request a party presidential ballot, only if the party has adopted a party rule permitting this.
  • Can I crossover to vote on another party’s ballot if I’m already registered with a qualified political party?
  • No. You can not crossover and choose to vote on another party’s ballot.
  • How do I crossover to another party if I vote by mail?
  • Starting 40 days before a Presidential Primary Election, a crossover application is sent to all vote by mail voters. The voters selects the party they would like to crossover to.
    A vote by mail voter may complete a Vote-by-Mail Crossover Application  (PDF - 1035kb) *, sign it, and mail the application to the Registrar of Voters Office.
    1225 Fallon Street, Rm. G1
    Oakland, CA 94612
  • I’m registered with a qualified party, may I request for another party’s ballot?
  • No. You can not crossover if you are registered with a qualified party. In order to vote on another party’s ballot you will need to re-register with that party.
  • What if I don’t request for a crossover ballot?
  • You will be given a No Party Preference (nonpartisan) ballot. It will only contain candidates running for Voter Nominated and Nonpartisan offices along with measures that you are eligible to vote for.

No Party Preference Voters Have Four Options

Option 1

You may choose to Crossover to
vote as a Democrat

You will be eligible to vote for...

PRESIDENT
(Democratic Candidates Only)

VOTER NOMINATED OFFICES
(all candidates regardless of party)


NONPARTISAN OFFICES
(all candidates)

BALLOT MEASURES
(if any)

Option 2

You may choose to Crossover to
vote as a American Independent


You will be eligible to vote for...

PRESIDENT
(American Independent Candidates Only)

VOTER NOMINATED OFFICES
(all candidates regardless of party)


NONPARTISAN OFFICES
(all candidates)

BALLOT MEASURES
(if any)

Option 3

You may choose to Crossover to
vote as a Libertarian

You will be eligible to vote for...

PRESIDENT
(Libertarian Candidates Only)

VOTER NOMINATED OFFICES
(all candidates regardless of party)


NONPARTISAN OFFICES
(all candidates)

BALLOT MEASURES
(if any)

Option 4

Vote as No Party Preference
(Nonpartisan)

You will be eligible to vote for...

 

VOTER NOMINATED OFFICES
(all candidates regardless of party)


NONPARTISAN OFFICES
(all candidates)

BALLOT MEASURES
(if any)


Crossover voters cannot vote on Party Central Committees.

All ballots, regardless of party, will list the candidates for voter nominated offices, nonpartisan offices, state and local measures that apply.