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2020 Presidential Primary

Information for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election Obtained from the California Secretary of State

All ballots will contain all State and County offices, regardless of party affiliation.

If you are registered to vote with a political party, you will be given a ballot for that party in a Presidential primary election. The ballot will contain all State and County offices with all candidates for those offices, and will also contain the candidates for President for your party, and any ballot measures to be voted upon at the primary election.

No Party Preference

As a voter registered with No Party Preference, if you want to vote for U.S. President, you must request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates.

The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary Elections.

Your county elections official will send you a postcard that will allow you to request an American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party ballot. Once you make your selection, return it in the mail.

Your postcard may look like:

postcard1-thumbnail postcard2-thumbnail

If you do not return this postcard, you will be mailed a ballot without any presidential candidates. If this happens, you can still request a ballot from your county elections official by:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax

You can also bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your local vote center and exchange it for a ballot with either American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Party presidential candidates when checking-in.

If you want to vote for the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties' presidential candidates, you must re-register with that specific party.

You can re-register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. If you need to re-register after February 17, 2020, you may need to register to vote in person at a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office.

Offices for this Election

  • President of the United States (Presidential Preference)
  • United States House of Representatives, California District 4
  • California State Assembly, District 5
  • Amador County Board of Supervisors, District 1
    • Candidate: Patrick Crew, Incumbent
  • Amador County Board of Supervisors, District 2
    • Candidate: Dana Calhoun, Retired Restaurateur
    • Candidate: Richard M. Forster, District 2 Supervisor/Rancher
  • Amador County Board of Supervisors, District 4
    • Candidate: Frank Axe, Incumbent

Key Dates and Deadlines

Candidate Filing

The Final Amador County 2020 Primary Candidate's Guide is available in our office starting September 12, 2019, or can be downloaded here. Any forms in the candidate's guide are strictly informational samples. Official forms need to be issued by the Amador County Elections Office.

Key Dates and Deadlines
Description of Event Deadline
Signatures-In-Lieu of Filing Fee Period Sept 12 - Nov 6, 2019
Candidate Statement Period for State Voter Information Guide
(U.S. Senate and Constitutional Offices)
Oct 24 - Nov 13, 2019
Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period Nov 11* - Dec 6, 2019
Candidate Statement Period for County Voter Information Guides
(U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, and State Assembly)
Nov 11* - Dec 6, 2019
Randomized Alphabet Drawing Dec 12, 2019
Notice to Candidates for Voter-Nominated Offices Dec 21, 2019*
Certified List of Candidates Dec 26, 2019
Statement of Write-In Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period for Voter-Nominated Offices Jan 6 - Feb 18, 2020
Certified List of Write-In Candidates Feb 21, 2020
Voter Information Guide
Key Dates and Deadlines
Description of Event Deadline
Legislative Measure Qualification Deadline Oct 24, 2019
Ballot Label and Title and Summary Deadline Nov 1, 2019
Argument Submission Deadline Nov 5, 2019
Argument Selection and Exchange Nov 10, 2019*
Analysis, Text, and Bond Statement Deadline Nov 14, 2019
Rebuttal Argument and Summary Information Deadline                                                          Nov 14, 2019
Public Inspection Period Nov 19 - Dec 9, 2019
Copy Provided to State Printer Dec 9, 2019
Voter Information Guide Mailing Period Jan 23 - Feb 11, 2020
Registration and Voting
Key Dates and Deadlines
Description of Event Deadline
Military and Overseas Voter Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Period Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2020*
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period Feb 3 - Feb 25, 2020
Last Day to Register to Vote Feb 17, 2020**
New Citizen (sworn in after February 17, 2020) Voter Registration Period Feb 18 - Mar 3, 2020
Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot Feb 25, 2020
Election Day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Mar 3, 2020
Last Day to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot Postmarked No Later Than March 3, 2020    Mar 6, 2020

 

* Date falls on a weekend or state holiday; it does not move forward to the next business day.

** Date falls on a weekend or state holiday; it moves forward to the next business day.

Observers 

The public is welcome to observe Election procedures but must strictly adhere to the policies outlined
below to protect voter privacy and prevent voter intimidation at vote centers.

  • Please be courteous to our vote center workers as they are typically working several long days
    and are doing their very best.
  • Remain quiet and do not disturb workers or voters.
  • Allow workers reasonable space to conduct election procedures.

Videotaping or Photography (CA Elections Code sections 18540, 18541, 18370, 14221, 14291)

  • Members of the public may take photographs or videotape from inside the vote center before the polls open and after the polls close.
  • Members of the public may only take photographs or videotape inside the vote center while the polls are open provided no voters are present in the polls and the activity does not interfere with vote center worker operations.
  • Cell phones may not be used inside of the vote center, except for an emergency unless a vote center worker is using a cell phone in the conduction of County of Amador Elections business.

Media (CA Elections Code sections 18540, 18541, 18370, 14221, 14291)

Media may take photos or video near the vote center during voting hours, as well as interview voters
(with their permission) about the election outside the vote center.

Media must:

  • Provide media credentials and obtain worker and voter permission before any photography or videotaping can be allowed during voting hours. 
  • Preserve the secrecy of all ballots while in the vote center to protect voter privacy and prevent voter intimidation. 
  • Conduct exit polls no less than 25 feet from the entrance to the poll. 
  • Not interfere with the voting process or vote center worker operations.

Poll Watchers (CA Elections Code sections 14221, 14223, 18370, 18541, 18543)

Poll Watchers may observe the: 

  • Roster of voters at the convenience of the vote center workers. 
  • Street index. 
  • Procedures for opening the polls.
  • Voting procedures during early voting and Election Day.
  • Closing procedures.

Poll Watchers may not:

  • Interfere with the voting process or with vote center worker operations.
  • Photograph or videotape inside the vote center while the polls are open and while voters are present in the polls. 
  • Photograph, videotape, or otherwise record a voter entering or exiting the vote center.
  • Touch any voting materials such as ballots or rosters.
  • Sit at the vote center worker table.
  • Discuss any ballot or political issues.
  • Be in the area where voters are casting their ballots.
  • Place a sign relating to a voter’s qualifications or speak to a voter about his or her qualifications to vote.

Electioneering (CA Elections Code sections 18370, 18541, 18546)

Definition: Campaigning, making speeches, passing out campaign literature, or doing anything that could be seen as  promoting a particular candidate or measure 100 feet or less from the entrance to the poll. Electioneering is a misdemeanor offense.

Members of the public may not:

  • Engage in electioneering as defined.
  • Pass around petitions, put up political signs about how to vote on a measure, or try to influence a voter within the 100 feet limit.
  • Wear campaign related items, including hats, shirts, or label buttons within 100 feet from the entrance to the polling place (vote center). Observers who violate this rule will be asked to remove or cover these items before entering the poll.
  • Remove a political sign on private property within the 100 feet limit, unless the owner agrees to
    take it down.

Download a printable (PDF) version of the 2020 Presidential Primary Observer Guide.