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06/07/2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election

June 7, 2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election

In the Statewide Direct Primary Election, all voters, regardless of political party preference, will see the same candidates for state and federal offices. Voters will be able to vote on local contests as determined by their residential address. As a result of Assembly Bill 37, all active voters will receive a ballot in the mail and in-person voting opportunities will be available. Voters will see two different types of primaries: Voter Nominated and Nonpartisan.


California Top-Two Primary: Nominated by Voters

Federal/State Offices

The offices listed below fall under the Top-two primary rules. Candidates are nominated directly by voters to run in the following general election. The party preference (or “None” if applicable) for each candidate will be included on the ballot.

  • U.S. Senator

  • U.S. Representative, District 18 & 19

  • Governor

  • Lieutenant Governor

  • Secretary of State

  • Controller

  • Treasurer

  • Attorney General

  • Insurance Commissioner

  • Member, State Board of Equalization, District 2

  • State Assembly, District 29 & 30


Local and Nonpartisan Primary

County, Local and Other Primary Nonpartisan Candidates

For the local offices listed below, if no candidate receives over 50% of the votes cast in the primary, the two candidates with the most votes will appear on the ballot in the general election. The party preference will not appear on the ballot.

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • County Board of Supervisor (District 2 & District 3)

  • Superior Court Judge

  • Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder

  • Auditor/Controller

  • District Attorney

  • Sheriff/Coroner

  • Treasurer/Tax Collector

  • Superintendent of Schools

  • Monterey County Board of Education, Trustee Area 1

  • Chualar Union School District, Trustee Area 3


Important Dates

Date Activity

May 9 – June 7

  • Voting services available at Elections (including in-person voting)

May 9

  • Ballots to be mailed by this date

  • Ballot return location(s) open

May 23

  • Last day for regular registration

May 31

  • Last day MCE will mail ballots

  • Recommended last day for voters to mail back ballots

June 7

  • Last day to return ballots in-person

  • Ballots must be postmarked no later than this date & received by June 14.

  • Last day to vote


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get more information?

See common questions, below or contact us at:


How do I check my registration status?

You can check your voter registration status, including your name, address, political party, and vote by mail status by visiting My Voter Status or call (831) 796-1499.


Where can I learn more about running for office?

For more information related to running for office, please visit the Candidates Information Page and Candidate Guidelines.


Who can vote the in the June Primary Election?

All voters can vote in the primary. Any voter, regardless of party preference, can choose to vote for any official candidate.


Why do candidates for local offices (Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, etc.) not have their party preference listed on the ballot?

The local contests, Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, etc., are nonpartisan offices and candidates do not run with a political party label on the ballot.


What does party preference mean?

Party preference indicates the party the candidate is associated with as a registered voter. Voters may either register with a political party preference or "no party preference" if they are not affiliated with a qualified political party.

A candidate's party preference does not necessarily mean that they have that political party's support. The list of candidates who receive a party's official endorsement is in the county voter information guide.


Why did I receive two ballots in the mail?

There are a number of reasons a voter might receive two ballots in the mail. These reasons range from visits to the DMV, address updates from the post office, registration updates, etc. Ultimately, the Elections office will only be able to accept one. Return your voted ballot and disregard the second.


What do I do if I make a mistake on my ballot?

If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can simply make a notation correcting your vote. Please do not initial or sign your name after the correction. You can also call and ask for a replacement ballot or visit an in-person voting location for assistance.


Why does my ballot list candidates from different parties?

On June 8, 2010, California voters approved the Top-Two Open Primary Act (Proposition 14). See www.sos.ca.gov/elections/primary-elections-california/ for more information. This Act requires that, for specified state and federal offices, voters have the option of voting for any candidate regardless of political party. The two candidates with the most votes will appear on the ballot in the following general election.


Can a candidate win in the primary and not have to run in the general?

The answer depends on the office. For voter nominated offices under the Top-Two Open Primary Act, the two candidates with the most votes will always appear on the general election ballot.

In local contests, if a candidate receives over 50% of the vote in the primary, they are considered elected and will not appear in the general election. If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote in the primary, the two candidates with the most votes will be on the ballot in the general election.