Midterm Voting Requirements

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I've been trying to confirm if there are any requirements to vote in the November midterms, such as registering for the party you intend to vote for and such. I am currently NPP and am not sure if that prevents me from voting.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to figure this out online, and may not have time to go to county elections office so I was hoping Edhatters might be able to help me. Thanks!

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TaxiOnna Sep 28, 2018 12:15 PM
Midterm Voting Requirements

Re: shame they don't require a minimum IQ. They tried that once, and it was called Jim Crowe. Not a good look.

a-1538282898 Sep 29, 2018 09:48 PM
Midterm Voting Requirements

Your comment appears much nastier than you intended, I think.
First you say it's a shame, then that it was tried with Jim Crow and African-Americans. This is an extremely offensive comment. Feel free to clarify it.

EastBeach Sep 28, 2018 09:18 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

At my workplace (one of the larger companies in the area) I haven't seen this much interest in voting before, especially among the younger staff and women. The Kavanaugh hearing might have something to do with that.

a-1538149281 Sep 28, 2018 08:41 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

OP here - I know it is not a presidential election, it is midterm. And yes, I plan to vote all the way down one party line this time (for the first time in my life, not only down one party line but also in a midterm election). So, I want to be sure that, while I do not want to register as anything but NPP at this point, I want to make sure that for the November midterms, I can vote down on party line as an NPP. From the few comments that responded to that question, it appears that I can. If that is incorrect, then please let me know if you know. Thanks.

Luvaduck Sep 28, 2018 08:29 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

Don't vote R (or D). Vote in <YOUR> best interest. Check the records of the candidates and vote for those whose voting record and behavior suits you best. Don't believe rant & rave radio & TV personalities. They're well-paid to put on a show. Be suspicious of political ads that rely on emotion not facts you can check. They are misleading if not outright false. "Dark money," donors who don't disclose who they are know most voters wouldn't back them if they knew the facts. They represent interests trying to buy elections so their puppets can help them grab power and money by stealth at your expense. Libraries are a good source of information.

a-1538153046 Sep 28, 2018 09:44 AM
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LARRY Q I would normally agree and that is how I've always voted, which is why I too am NPP, however, when you see that one "side" is filled with manipulative, unwell, lying and hate driven people, sometimes you have to vote down the other side just to get them out in the short term, then deal with the rest down the road.

a-1538148953 Sep 28, 2018 08:35 AM
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One-party rule = formerly great cities like San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento Atlanta.......high crime, high poverty.... If the Clinton's had not screwed Bernie over, we would not be having this conversation. Trump is prez...and we have to accept that...and how will people feel if he wins sgain in 2020? Uuuuughhhh...

K9karma Sep 28, 2018 06:32 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

In response to one of the answers given—This is not a presidential election year so there will be no ballot with presidential candidates on it. Since California changed to become an open primary state several years ago, we are all able to vote for any candidate in a primary regardless of our party registration. But the primaries were in June so you will only be voting on the final two candidates in any race. So all you need to vote this November is to be registered. The registration deadline is usually the third week of October. Thank you for caring about how to vote and being prepared to do so!

a-1538122607 Sep 28, 2018 01:16 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

If you are No Party Preference: "For presidential primary elections: NPP voters will receive a “non-partisan” ballot that does not include presidential candidates. A nonpartisan ballot contains only the names of candidates for voter-nominated offices and local nonpartisan offices and measures. However, NPP voters may vote in a political party's partisan election if the political party, by party rule duly noticed to the Secretary of State, authorizes NPP voters to vote in the next presidential primary election. An NPP voter may request the ballot of one of the political parties, if any, that authorizes NPP voters to vote in the presidential primary election."*********November isn't a Presidential Primary election. There will be state and local propositions you can vote on and also voting on various candidates for other offices. Anytime you're not sure about your voting options, you can always ask the nice men and women at the polls. They will tell you which ballot is yours. If you decide you want to vote Dem or Rep or other party, best to change your party affiliation before elections commence. IF you wait until the last minute and show up at the polls as NPP and feel short-changed, you can always vote "Provisionally." This means you'll spend some time filling out forms and signing things and your vote will be scrutinized by officials later to see if it qualifies/is valid.

a-1538119737 Sep 28, 2018 12:28 AM
Midterm Voting Requirements

I do not think you need to do anything, as CA is a liberal state and does not support limitations on voting rights. ==========================================
Check here; write them or call: https://countyofsb.org/care/elections/about/contact-us.sbc
Did you vote in presidential election? If so no problem.

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