Voter registration forms give you the option of registering with the:
- American Independent Party (*note: registering with this party is not the same as being an Independent voter*)
- Democratic Party
- Green Party,
- Libertarian Party
- Peace and Freedom Party
- Republican Party,
- Or you may fill in your own party.
You also have have the option to select “No Party Preference” (i.e. to register as an Independent voter).
In the state of California, the Republican Party holds closed primaries, meaning that anyone who is not registered with the Republican Party cannot vote in the Republican primary. The Democratic Party does allow Independent voters to vote in the Democratic primary (along with registered Democrats), but Independents cannot vote for Democratic presidential candidates. This is not the case for the Presidential Election