Am I required to identify my party affiliation to vote in the primary election?

Yes, most states require that you indicate your party affiliation in order to vote in primary elections. (There are some exceptions.) When you register to vote using our online voter services, you will be automatically informed of your state requirements.

If you have not chosen a party or do not wish to declare your party, please enter an appropriate note such as "decline to state," "none," "nonpartisan," or "undeclared" on your form. The voter registration system will tell you which of these notes to add in accordance with your state's requirements.

Most Secretary of State websites provide further information about which parties allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary election. You can find your state’s website by going to the State Voting Requirements page. Choose your state, and on the following page select your election location, and “State Lookup Tools” to find a link for your state's election website.

You do not need to declare your party affiliation if you only plan to vote in the November general election and not in the primary election.