Ten FAQs About the March 3 Election
Starting February 3, Sacramento County Elections will be mailing out ballots to registered voters. Here are some helpful facts about voting in the 2020 Presidential Primary:
- When and how can voters submit their ballots after they receive them in the mail? As soon as you receive your ballot, you may fill it out, sign the envelope, and mail it back to the County Registrar of Voters. Or, you can put your ballot envelope in a drop box (see locations and availability) starting Feb. 3; and starting Feb. 22 you may visit a Vote Center anywhere in the County to register, obtain a duplicate ballot, submit a ballot, and ask questions (see locations and schedule). More Vote Center locations will open Feb. 29 (see locations and schedule).
- If you want to vote for President Trump in the Primary you must be a registered Republican. Why? The CAGOP wants to be sure that Republicans are selecting our nominee for President and Central Committee. Other parties have allowed No Party Preference (NPP) voters to request their party’s ballots, but we think Republicans should choose those who will lead us. Voters can change their party right up to Election Day. We welcome any NPP voters who want to be Republicans! And Democrats…it’s time to Walk Away!
- Since only Republicans can vote in the Republican Presidential Primary, does that impact down ticket candidates? No. Everyone will have the same candidates on their ballot e.g. Assembly, Senate, County Supervisor – just not President.
- Why don’t the Republican Central Committee Candidates show on my Republican ballot? The only Candidates that are listed on the ballot are those in contested races. In the five districts for Sacramento County, there are no contested races. Everyone who successfully filed for Central Committee will be elected to a four-year term that begins in 2021.
- Why aren’t candidates listed in alphabetical order? Each county conducts a random drawing to determine the order of candidates on the ballot. View the order for Sacramento County.
- Which races are up for election in March? The Primary Election includes candidates for President, U.S. Representative, State Senator (odd districts only), State Assembly, County Central Committee (see earlier info on why they won’t be listed on the Sacramento County Ballot), Superior Court Judges, County Board of Education, Twin Rivers School District, Fair Oaks Water District, Board of Supervisors (Districts 3 & 4), and Sacramento City Council (even districts only). View the list.
- Are there any local ballot measures in March? Yes. The City of Isleton has Measure D relating to public safety and taxes; Los Rios Community College District has Measure E a bond measure; City of Sacramento has Measure G relating to revenues for the Sacramento Children’s Fund; Sacramento City Unified School District has Measure H a bond measure to fund student services.
- Are there any statewide ballot measures in March? Yes. The California Legislature put Prop. 13 on the ballot for the Primary. Don’t be confused! This is not the pro-taxpayer measure enacted decades ago. This is a bond measure to fund new school facilities. Also beware of signature gatherers who are falsely collecting signatures for a November initiative they say protects the original Prop. 13, when if fact it creates a “split roll” tax system. Read what the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association thinks of the split roll proposal. And read what HJTA says about the school construction bond measure.
- Need to change or check your voter registration? Here’s the link.
- Not sure who to vote for? Visit the SacCountyGOP Voter Guide for a list of endorsed Republican candidates. The Committee has not taken a position on ballot measures.