This just came out from the Secretary of State: A record number of Californians — 17.3 million — have registered to vote.
Decline to state voters continue to expand their share of the electorate while Democrats posted a 1.4 percentage point gain since 2004. Republicans lost ground as the party’s share declined 3.3 percentage points in the same time period.
Here is Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s press release:
SACRAMENTO – More than one million Californians have registered to vote since September 5, catapulting the state’s total number of registered voters to an all-time high of more than 17.3 million. That’s according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s final report of registration for the November 4 General Election, which was released today.
“It’s great to see so many Californians taking an active role in their democracy,” said Secretary Bowen, California’s chief elections officer. “Voter interest in this historic election is enormous and I expect to see a record number of Californians cast ballots on Tuesday. Thanks to everyone – including community groups, elections workers, campaigns, schools, and businesses – who helped register so many new California voters.”
The final report includes data gathered through the October 20 close of registration for the general election. It reflects updates to voter rolls, including the removal of registrants who have passed away, moved out of the state, or have been determined to be ineligible to vote, as well as the addition of new registrants.
The state now has 17,304,091 million registered voters – almost 747,000 more than it had at this time before the general election four years ago. The percentage of people who are eligible to vote and are registered is 74.6% now; it was 75% just before the 2004 general election.
The previous voter registration record in California was 16.6 million in February 2005.
Registration has been climbing all year, with more than 1.7 million new voters registering since January.
Following are the registration totals for the six qualified political parties and voters who have declined to state their political affiliation. Continue Reading