California - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State

CALIFORNIA

California.gifPrimaries:

  • Congressional and state primaries: nonpartisan, Top Two
  • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
  • Republican Presidential primary: closed

 

Primary Type Definitions

 

Registration:

  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
  • 24% of registered voters in California are unaffiliated or independent.

 

Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • California has enacted Top Two, nonpartisan primaries at the state and local level; all registered voters receive the same ballot regardless of party affiliation, and the top two vote getters move on to the general election.
  • Voter registration closes 15 days before the primary election.