Targeting No Party Preference: California Voter Suppression
EJUSA highlights six ways that no-party preference voters were targeted, beginning on page 22. The first involved no-party preference in California (EJUSA Page 22.) The state has a modified closed party, allowing no party preference (NPP) voters to vote in the primary of their choice. Advanced polls suggested Clinton would get 49 percent of Democratic primary voters and Sanders would get 70 percent of NPP voters. However, there was a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding NPP, EJUSA reported. Regular ballots did not include presidential voting options for no-party-preference voters. In addition, NPP voters who voted by mail didn't get a presidential primary ballot unless they knew to specifically request that particular type. Even at the polls, NPP voters reported not being told that they had the right to presidential preference ballot. In fact, poll workers told EJUSA that they were instructed to only given a provisional ballot, which wouldn't likely be counted, to NPP voters. They could only get presidential ballots if they used the right wording in requesting a crossover ballot. One poll worker wrote: "I am a poll worker in Santa Clara County. Literature and training class has informed me that I cannot educate NPP voters that they have different ballot options."
You can read more about the issues in California here. (Getty)