Percentage Of Registered Voters In California Hits 20-Year High
Monday, November 7, 2016
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.
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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