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

If you are unaffiliated with any party (sometimes called “no party preference” or "decline to state"), you will be given a nonpartisan ballot, containing only State and County offices with all candidates for those offices, and any ballot measures to be voted upon at the primary election.

As a No Party Preference voter, you will receive a postcard from the Elections Office approximately 90 days prior to the election notifying you of your three options with regards to voting in the 2020 Presidential Primary.

  1. Do nothing. You will receive a ballot that includes everything except candidates for President.
  2. To vote for the American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian Presidential candidate, complete the information on the postcard and return it by January 3, 2020 to receive a ballot for that party.
  3. To vote for a Green, Peace & Freedom or Republican Presidential candidate, you must re-register to vote by January 27, 2020. These parties are not allowing "crossover" voting by No Party Preference voters.

However, with the addition of Conditional Voter Registration to California Election Law, a voter may also change their party affiliation at a vote center up to 8 pm on Election Day by completing a new Voter Registration and voting a provisional ballot.

Click here for the official Secretary of State announcement regarding parties allowing crossover voting in the 2020 Presidential Primary.

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
  • Amador County Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • Amador County Board of Supervisors, District 4

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.