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A few days ago I received my ballot for the California primaries. Just days before Imperial County announced all registered voters were about to receive their ballots within the next few days. So, for my part, I must congratulate the Imperial County Registrar of Voters staff and all the mail carriers who swiftly put ballots in mailboxes, especially after this week鈥檚 showers.

Different from other elections, this time I had to spend just a few seconds to fill due to the scarcity of bubbles in my ballot 鈥 two boxes for Senator, one for Congress, another one for the Assembly, and a last one for Proposition 1. My neighbors and I will not elect city council members, county supervisors, or special district board members this time.

Also, different from other years, in the 2024 primaries my ballot failed to include selecting presidential candidates. My ballot included no errors, by the way. Weeks ago, I got a message telling me if I wanted to elect a presidential candidate from a political party in particular, I could do so, but with a condition 鈥 I had to register under that specific party.

My answer to myself was 鈥 Thank you, but no thank you.

Since I became a US citizen, I decided to keep myself as independent from partisanship as possible. So far, I think I have accomplished my goal for both journalistic and personal purposes.

Independents or No Party Preference voters have been increasing in the last decades or so. In 2007, 2.9 million California voters opted to decline any partisan preference, which increased to 4.8 million as of last month. In the meantime, Democrats have gone up from 6.5 million to 10.3 million in these same years, while the Republican Party has added just 142,679 voters.

Locally, Imperial County is fourth with the highest percentage of NPP voters in California with 23.78 percent, just below Santa Clara, Alpine, and San Francisco, and above San Diego, San Mateo, and Alameda.

According to the California Secretary of State, of the 87,331 registered voters in Imperial County, 20,766 are NPPs. Here in the Valley, more voters are registered as NPP than those registered as Republicans, and even though we鈥檙e half of those voters registered as Democrats every election cycle we are getting closer to their figures. The report reads that Imperial County District 1 has the largest number of NPP voters with 5,474. As expected, Calexico has the largest number of voters registered as NPP with 5,802, followed by El 无毛视频 (5,229), Brawley (2,730), and Imperial (2,644).

These thousands of voters and millions all over the state were not allowed to select any of the presidential candidates due to partisan restrictions on who can (and can鈥檛) vote for candidates. As far as I can remember, as of a few years ago Democrats and a minor party allowed all registered voters to take part in their presidential primary in California. However, those parties changed their bylaws to restrict electing their presidential nominee in their exclusive club. Speaking on behalf of at least some of those voters registered as NPP I can say we prefer to be kept somehow away from the presidential primary and remain with our non-partisan registration than joining any registered party.

So, we independent or unaffiliated voters will wait to see how other state primaries and court rulings in the case of a certain candidate that not so long ago occupied the Oval Office develop in the next months to decide by autumn who to trust in managing our country鈥檚 fate as Commander in Chief.

Adelante Valle Editor Arturo Bojórquez can be reached at abojorquez@ivpressonline.com or (760) 335-4646

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