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Some Butte County voters may need to re-register come Primary Election

There is a bit of confusion surrounding voter registration in Butte County. Here's what we learned.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 8:03 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 9:06 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - There is a bit of confusion surrounding voter registration in Butte County.

Some voters are getting a notice to re-register.

Several people who identify as "No Party Preference" got a postcard early January, saying you can either vote Democrat, American Independent or the Libertarian Party.

The postcard didn't give voters an option to choose Republican, Green and Peace and Freedom parties because they did not allow crossover voting, according to Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs.

Crossover voting is when people cast a vote to a candidate regardless of their party.

If people are a "No Party Preference" voter and want to vote for the Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom parties come the primary election, they must re-register by Feb. 17.

One man I spoke to says cross over voting should be allowed in every political party.

Ballots for the March 3rd primary election should be mailed across the county - the first week of February.

Action News Now reported back in December, that some voters in Shasta County were claiming that their party affiliation has disappeared and they are now considered “Non-Party Affiliated," that problem could lie with the DMV motor voter program launched in 2018.

According to the Associated Press last year, DMV officials claimed one error may have prevented nearly 600 people from voting and another may have allowed about 1,500 people, including non-citizens, to incorrectly register to vote.

The Butte County Primary Election is all mail.

There has also been some confusion for Camp Fire survivors regarding voting. The Butte County Clerk Recorder's Office says Camp Fire survivors must clarify their mailing addresses.

Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs says there are two types of mailing addresses for Camp Fire survivors.

The first one is a resident address. Meaning if you want to move back where your home was destroyed then mark it that way.

The second one is a mailing address, that's where you're currently living and receiving your mail.

"Just say to yourself. Am I going back? Yes! Then I want that Paradise or Concow address as my residence, but my mailing address is where I'm at now," Grubbs said.

Grubbs added that the DMV has been sending her office some wrong addresses for voters in Butte County.

She wants the California Secretary of State and DMV to hopefully solve the problem.

It's important to put that correct mailing address come November 2020 when local leaders are elected, Grubbs said.

Voters can update their mailing address by visiting her office on weekdays at 155 Nelson Avenue in Oroville.

If you want to re-register in Butte County, CLICK HERE.

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