Unaffiliated voters need to choose a party if they want to vote in presidential primary

LOGAN – If you are an unaffiliated voter and aren’t registered with a political party in Cache County you will not automatically be mailed a ballot for the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary.

Cache County Chief Deputy Clerk Kim Gardner said she mailed out 17,983 letters to unaffiliated voters explaining what they need to do if they want to vote in the March 3 primary.

Letters included a form giving voters the option to affiliate with either Republicans or Democrats, or opt to simply receive a Democrat ballot instead.

“A primary election is how the parties narrow down their candidates,” said Gardner. “The Democrats will let anybody vote with their party…the Republican Party requires that you affiliate with them.”

The letter states:

*The Democratic Party does not require voters to affiliate with the party to participate in its primary election, but you may choose to affiliate with the party on the form.

*The Republican Party requires voters to affiliate with the party to participate in its primary election. By requesting a Republican ballot, you are affiliating with the party. This requirement is set by the party – not the County Clerk’s office.

The letter states the form should be returned to the Cache County Clerk’s office by February 1, 2020. You can also register to vote or change your affiliation in person at the clerk’s office.

Gardner stressed that you can change your affiliation at any time.

As of January 21, there were 31,173 registered Republicans and 4,936 registered Democrats in Cache County, according to Gardner.

Ballots for the primary in March will be mailed out three weeks prior to the election.

If you have any questions, contact the elections office at 435-755-1460 or elections@cachecounty.org.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.