Unaffiliated voters and the California primaries

Jessica Levinson forecasts coming confusion in California, a heavily absentee-voting state where voters have now been trained on a “top two” state primary (in which voters can vote on all candidates, no matter their party registration).   But the top two system doesn’t apply to the presidential primary.

This year, the California vote is likely to be quite meaningful in the presidential nominating contest … and voters not already registered in the Democratic party (among others) will have to request a partisan absentee ballot in order to vote in the primary.  That’s an extra step that local election officials are doing their best to highlight, but still likely to cause some confusion come election day itself.


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