The first statewide Report of Registration since new decennial legislative and congressional maps were drawn shows that more than 17 million Californians are registered to vote, up from 15.5 million four years ago.
“The new report shows 21.2 percent of California voters have no political party preference, a new all-time high,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer. “The percentage of voters who have no party preference (NPP) – previously known as decline to state voters – has steadily increased in recent years. The previous record high of unaffiliated voters was 20.4 percent of all registered voters, reported in March 2011.”
The Report of Registration includes data gathered 154 days before the June 5 Presidential Primary Election and reflects updates to voter registration rolls in California’s 58 counties, including the removal of registrants who have passed away, moved out of state, or have been determined to be ineligible to vote, as well as the addition of new registrants.
The complete report, which includes voter registration data for a variety of political subdivisions, is on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/ror-pages/154day-presprim-12.
Registering to vote is easier than ever, thanks to the Secretary of State’s online fillable form at https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/ which just needs to be printed, signed and mailed. (The form is even pre-addressed to the registrant’s county elections office.) Californians can also pick up a voter registration form at any U.S. post office, public library or county elections office. Voters can check their registration status through a portal at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status.
About California’s Primary Elections
California’s Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, which took effect January 1, 2011, renamed partisan offices as voter-nominated offices, which include state constitutional, state legislative, and U.S. congressional offices. Under the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, all candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference – move on to the general election.