Sign at San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa. Photo by Ken Stone

The new, early California Presidential Primary, intended to significantly increase the Golden State’s influence in determining the next President, is exactly one year away.

Californian’s will vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to nominate Democratic, Republican and independent candidates for President, as well as on many candidates for local offices, including Mayor of San Diego.

“In 2020 Californians will be voting in prime time,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Sunday. “With an earlier primary, California will have a more significant voice in the presidential nomination process for all political parties.”

“California is the most populous and most diverse state in the nation and represents the largest economy of any state in the nation,” Padilla added. “Candidates for president must pay attention to the issues that matter most to California voters.”

California’s primary will follow the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 3 and New Hampshire Primary on Feb. 11, but will be held on the same day as primaries in Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia and a number of other states, though the final list remains in flux.

Californians can prepare for the primary by confirming that their registration is up to date at California citizens who need to update their voter registration or register for the first time can do so at

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.