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Sisters@Eight: No Time Like Prime…ary Time – 2024 California Primary Election
February 9 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM PSTFree
Free parking onsite
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am PST
Date: Friday, February 9, 2024
March 5, 2024 California Primary Elections
Did you know that voting in the primary election can be more important than the general election? And why voting the entire ballot is just as important, if not more important than the presidential race?
Join us for Sisters@Eight, 2/9/24 @ 9AM PST as we answer these questions and highlight what is on the 2024 California Primary ballot.
By voting in the primaries, Black women have a say in which candidates are more likely to address issues that directly impact their lives and communities. It’s a chance to influence which issues get the most attention and to hold leaders accountable for representing their needs and interests.
- Healthcare Policies: Decisions on healthcare can affect access to services important to Black women, like maternal healthcare or affordable medical care.
- Economic Opportunities: Policies that shape job opportunities, wage equality, and support for small businesses can significantly impact the economic well-being of Black women.
- Education and Children’s Services: Candidates’ policies on education can affect the quality of schools and available resources, which is crucial for mothers and their children.
- Social Justice and Civil Rights: Candidates’ stances on civil rights, criminal justice reform, and equality can directly affect the lives of Black women in terms of legal protections and social fairness.
About the 2024 California Primary Election
In California, primary elections play a crucial role in the state’s political process. Primary elections are held to determine which candidates from each political party will appear on the general election ballot.
Here are some key points about primary elections in California:
- Open Primary System: California has adopted an open primary system, which means that registered voters can choose to vote for any candidate regardless of their party affiliation. In this system, all eligible voters receive the same primary election ballot, and they can vote for candidates from any political party or as a “no party preference” (NPP) voter.
- Top-Two Primary: California uses a top-two primary system for statewide and congressional elections. In this system, all candidates from all parties appear on the same primary ballot, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of their party affiliation, advance to the general election. This can lead to general election contests between two candidates from the same party, especially in heavily partisan districts.
- Presidential Primary: California holds a presidential primary election during the regular primary election cycle. In the presidential primary, voters from each party select their preferred candidate to represent their party in the presidential election. The results determine the allocation of delegates to the respective party’s national convention.
- Nonpartisan Voters: As mentioned earlier, “no party preference” (NPP) voters in California can participate in primary elections. NPP voters can request a ballot for a specific political party’s primary or choose a nonpartisan ballot with only nonpartisan offices and measures.
- Timing: California’s primary elections typically take place on the first Tuesday in March of even-numbered years, coinciding with the presidential primary. However, the exact date may vary depending on the election cycle.
- Voting Methods: California offers various voting methods, including in-person voting at polling places, early voting, and voting by mail. The state also encourages voters to register and request mail-in ballots to increase accessibility and participation.
- Voter Registration: To participate in primary elections in California, individuals must be registered to vote. The voter registration deadline is typically 15 days before the primary election.
- Primary Results: Primary election results determine which candidates will appear on the general election ballot for various offices, such as governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislative positions. Winners of the primary move on to the general election, which takes place in November of even-numbered years.
California’s primary elections are an essential part of the state’s democratic process, allowing voters to have a say in selecting the candidates who will represent their parties in the general election. The open primary system and top-two primary format aim to promote greater voter engagement and inclusivity.