California Secretary of State
September 23, 2014
Contact: Nicole Winger, (916) 653-6575
SACRAMENTO – Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra Bowen today show 23.1 percent of California voters registered without a political party preference – an all-time high. A total of 17,634,876 Californians are registered to vote.
While the statewide voter registration database is updated daily, California law requires voter registration updates 60 days and 15 days before each statewide general election. After the 58 county elections officials certify their voter data, the Secretary of State compiles all data into a statewide report and offers various dissections by political district and political party.
The complete 60-day Report of Registration is at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/ror-pages/60day-general-2014. The report reflects data gathered 60 days before the November 4 General Election with county updates to voter registration rolls that include removal of registrants who have died, moved out of state or are ineligible to vote, as well as the addition of new registrants.
“This being California Voter Registration Week, it’s a perfect time to register to vote and encourage eligible friends and family to do it, too,” said Secretary Bowen, California’s chief elections official. “Californians will choose their leaders and weigh in on important public policy decisions in just six weeks.”
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. County elections officials process registration updates and maintain voter records. People can check their voter registration status by contacting their county elections office; a convenient portal is at hwww.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status.
The updated registration totals for the seven qualified political parties and voters who have no political party preference follow, along with the comparable data from four years ago.