When you register to vote, you are asked if you want to choose a political party.
- A political party is a group of people who share the same ideas about how the government should be run and what it should do. Parties work to win elections and change laws.
- It does not cost anything to join a party. You do not have to do anything for the party that you choose.
- In the spring Primary Election, parties pick candidates to run for office in the fall General Election.
There are seven “qualified” parties in California, which means they have enough members to run candidates for office. New political parties can be started if they get enough people to be members.
- If you choose a political party, you can vote on candidates from that party in the spring Primary Election. In the fall General Election, you can vote for any candidate – even if they are with a different party than yours.