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California Voter Registration Nears 20 Million

  

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 – and that’s 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.

Statewide Voter Registration by Party Preference – October 24, 2016

Political Party

# Registered

% of Total

Democratic

8,720,417

44.92%

Republican

5,048,398

26.01%

American Independent

507,377

2.61%

Green

94,647

0.49%

Libertarian

139,805

0.72%

Peace and Freedom

75,640

0.39%

No Party Preference

4,711,347

24.27%

Miscellaneous

114,140

0.59%

Total

19,411,771

 

Source: California Secretary of State's office

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio