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No Susan Sarandon, You Don't Have To Register As A Democrat To Vote For Bernie

Actress, Susan Sarandon watches Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt speak in 2016. (Chris Carlson/AP)
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The Callfornia primary is coming up fast and we're here to clear up some bad information.

  1. You do not have to switch your party affiliation to Democrat to cast a ballot for one of the candidates for the Democratic party nomination. [Susan Sarandon was among numerous Bernie Sanders supporters sharing that piece of misinformation last week.]
  2. You do have to take steps to cast that vote, however, if you are not registered as a Democrat.
  3. If you are not registered as a Republican, you're out of luck if you want to weigh in on that ticket (parties get to decide who's in and who's out when it comes to primary votes.)
  4. This sounds complicated because, well, it is. See below:
(Courtesy of CalMatters)

We've got all the details for you on what's what:

Californians: Here's How To Make Sure You Can Vote In The March 3 Presidential Primary

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And more details here on changes in local elections:

How To Vote In California: What To Do Ahead Of The March 3 Primary Election