California - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



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


Primary Type Definitions



  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
  • 30% 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. 

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published this page in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-09 16:15:35 -0400