Andy Alfaro / Bee file, 2010

A report on California voter registration found a slight dip in Democrats, to 43.93 percent from 44.04 percent two years ago. Republicans fell to 28.94 percent, from 30.88 percent.

The Buzz: More independent voters registered in California

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 - 4:50 pm

21% of registered voters in state didn't pick a party

The proportion of Californians eschewing party politics continued to gradually increase over the past two years, with nearly 21 percent of the electorate now registered to vote with no party preference, according to a report Monday by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The increase is less than half a percentage point over the last off-year registration report, in 2011.

San Francisco remains the most independent county – more than 31 percent are registered as having no party preference.

Meanwhile, the proportion of voters registered to vote Democratic declined to 43.93 percent from 44.04 percent in February 2011, while Republican registration dropped to 28.94 percent from 30.88 percent two years ago, according to the report. In 2005, the GOP could claim 34.5 percent of registered voters.

Alameda County has the highest proportion of Democrats – 56.4 percent – while Modoc County has the highest proportion of Republicans – 49.9 percent.

The total number of registered voters now stands at about 18.1 million, down from 18.2 million in fall 2012. In the last off-year report, two years ago, total registration was about 17.2 million.


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