County of Marin - News Releases - Materials Coming Soon for March Election

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2024

Materials Coming Soon for March Election

A voter’s party registration impacts the ballot that will be mailed.

San Rafael, CA Key dates are coming up in the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election. Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters in Marin County, and in-person services will be available at the Elections Department starting February 5.

Registrar of Voters Lynda Roberts said those who selected a party when they registered will get a ballot with that party’s presidential primary candidates. Voters who registered as No Party Preference or Other, which means they are not affiliated with a qualified political party, will receive a nonpartisan ballot without presidential primary candidates.

The six qualified political parties in the State of California are American Independent Party, Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Peace and Freedom Party, and Republican Party. No Party Preference voters are typically referred to as “independent” or “decline to state.” Those who register as “Other” are handled the same as No Party Preference.

Three parties — American Independent Party, Democratic Party, and Libertarian Party — will allow voters registered as No Party Preference or Other to request their party ballot without changing their voter registration. Voters wishing to vote on the Green Party, Peace and Freedom Party, or Republican Party ballot will have to re-register with one of those parties.

All educational materials mailed to voters in advance of February 5 include information about the impact of party registration, and ballot packets will also include a reminder. Voters wishing to change their party or request another party’s ballot as allowed are encouraged to act soon.

All ballots, regardless of party affiliation or no party preference, include the candidates for U.S Senate, U.S. Representative, Member of the State Assembly, and Proposition 1. Ballots will also include local races and measures depending on where a voter lives.

  • January 25: Mailing of county voter information guides begins.
  • February 5: Ballot packets will be mailed to all active registered voters in the county. This is also the first day to receive voter services in the Elections Department between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM in Suite 121 at the Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.
  • February 20: The last day to register to vote in this election.
  • February 21: Starting on this day and until 8 PM Election Day, eligible residents who are not registered must go to a vote center to register and vote. See our List of Vote Centers for locations and dates and hours of operation.
  • February 24: Four vote centers will be open. See our List of Vote Centers for locations and dates and hours of operation. Additional vote centers open on March 2.
  • February 27: The last day the Elections Department can mail a ballot. After this day, voters wishing to vote must get a ballot in person at any vote center.
  • March 2: Twenty vote centers will be open in Marin through Election Day. See our List of Vote Centers for locations and dates and hours of operation.
  • March 5: Election Day. All vote centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Ballot return envelope must be signed and postmarked on or before this day or dropped in an official ballot drop box or at any vote center by 8 PM. Ballot drop boxes and vote centers close precisely at 8:00 PM. Check www.marinvotes.org for locations.

For more information, call (415) 473-6456, or go to the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election page. Follow the Elections Department on Facebook.

Lynda Roberts
Registrar of Voters

Contact:

Lynda Roberts
Registrar of Voters
Elections Department

Marin Civic Center Administration Building
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6401
Email: Lynda Roberts
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