California voters: More independents, fewer Republicans

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Voter registration data published by Secretary of State Debra Bowen Tuesday show 17,660,486 Californians are registered to vote and of that number more are registered as “no party preference” compared to the last gubernatorial primary.

No party preference voters comprised 21.06 percent of the state’s total registered voters, a slight increase from 20.1 percent in April 2010.

Republican voter registration in California also had a notable change, from 30.8 percent of the total in 2010 to 28.5 percent.

The voter data is included in a 60-day report of registration, which reflects data across California’s 58 counties gathered 60 days before the June 3 statewide primary election.

Alpine, the California county with the smallest amount of eligible voters—881—had the highest voter registration, with 86.7 percent of the eligible voter population.

Tulare County had the lowest voter registration, with almost 53 percent of its 255, 378 eligible voters registered.

Of the eligible voters in Los Angeles County, the largest county in the state, 80.1 percent of them were registered to vote, according to the data.

“The clock is ticking and the May 19 voter registration deadline will be here before you know it,” said Secretary Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer, in a statement. “If you aren’t one of the 17.7 million Californians already registered to vote, take five minutes at the newly designed RegisterToVote.ca.gov which is now offered in 10 languages.”

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The state voter registration application is online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov and available on paper at many post offices, public libraries, California Department of Motor Vehicle offices, and other government offices. People can check their voter registration status by contacting their county elections office or going online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status.

The statewide voter registration database is updated daily, but California law requires voter registration updates 154, 60 and 15 days before each statewide primary election, and 60 days and 15 days before each statewide general election, according to Bowen’s office.

The complete 60-day Report of Registration can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/ror-pages/60day-primary-2014

The breakdown of California voter registration by political party can be seen in the attached table.

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