Article 1. General Provisions of California Elections Code >> Division 19. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 1.
A voting machine shall, except at a direct primary election
or any election at which a candidate for voter-nominated office is to
appear on the ballot, permit the voter to vote for all the
candidates of one party or in part for the candidates of one party
and in part for the candidates of one or more other parties.
(a) A voting machine shall provide in the general election
for grouping under the name of the office to be voted on, all the
candidates for the office with the designation of the parties, if
any, by which they were respectively nominated or which they
designated pursuant to Section 8002.5.
(b) With respect to a party-nominated office, the designation may
be by usual or reasonable abbreviation of party names. With respect
to a voter-nominated office, the voting machine shall conform to the
format specified in subdivision (a) of Section 13105.
The labels on voting machines and the way in which
candidates' names are grouped shall conform as nearly as possible to
the form of ballot provided for in elections where voting machines
are not used.
If the voting machine is so constructed that a voter can
cast a vote in part for presidential electors of one party and in
part for those of one or more other parties or those not nominated by
any party, it may also be provided with: (a) one device for each
party for voting for all the presidential electors of that party by
one operation, (b) a ballot label therefor containing only the words
"presidential electors" preceded by the name of the party and
followed by the names of its candidates for the offices of President
and Vice President, and (c) a registering device therefor which shall
register the vote cast for the electors when thus voted
If a voting machine is so constructed that a voter can cast a vote
in part for delegates to a national party convention of one party
and in part for those of one or more other parties or those not
nominated by any party, it may be provided with one device for each
party for voting by one operation for each group of candidates to
national conventions that may be voted for as a group according to
the law governing presidential primaries.
No straight party voting device shall be used except for delegates
to a national convention or for presidential electors.
A write-in ballot shall be cast in its appropriate place on
the machine, or it shall be void and not counted.