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Percentage Of Registered Voters In California Hits 20-Year High

A record 19.4 million Californians are now registered to vote.

The Secretary of State’s office released its final registration statistics Friday ahead of Tuesday’s election. The figures show that more than a million new voters are registered compared to the last presidential election four years ago.

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The record number of registered voters isn’t surprising on its own, since California’s population is also at a record high. But the percentage of eligible voters who are registered is 78 percent — higher than it’s been in 20 years.

Registered Democrats are up slightly, to roughly 45 percent. But Republican Party registration is down to 26 percent — a three-and-a-half-point drop. That’s exactly how big the increase is for voters registered without party preference.

Voter registration trends since Oct. 22, 2012, according to the Secretary of State:

• The total voter registration in the state increased from 18,245,970 to 19,411,771.

• The percentage of the total number of registered voters compared to the number of people who are eligible to register to vote increased from 76.7% to 78%.

• The percentage of voters who have no party preference increased from 20.9% to 24.3%.

• The percentage of voters registered with a qualified political party decreased from 77.2% to 75.1%.

• The percentage of voters registered with the Democratic Party increased from 43.7% to 44.9%.

• The percentage of voters registered with the Republican Party decreased from 29.4% to 26%.

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This table shows voter registration numbers by party preference in California.

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This table shows voter registration numbers by age in California.

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