California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday that a record 19,411,771 residents are registered to vote in Tuesday’s election, almost 1.2 million voters more than the state electorate for the last presidential election.
Friday’s numbers mean that slightly more than 78 percent of Californians eligible to vote have actually signed up, the highest registration percentage in two decades.
“California is truly a historic year and California continues to break records,” Padilla said in a statement, attributing the registration growth in part to the popularity of online registration, social media reminders, and getting the word out through education and community groups, as well as professional sports teams.
As of the Oct. 24 registration deadline, 44.92 percent of voters are Democrats, an increase of 1.2 percentage points since fall 2012, and 26 percent are Republican, a decline of 3.4 percentage points from four years ago. The share of voters without a party preference has grown from 20.9 percent to 24.3 percent, the office reported.
In November 2012, 72.36 percent of California voters cast ballots. Padilla will not make a turnout prediction for Tuesday’s election, his office said.
Through Thursday, nearly 4.2 million mail ballots had been received by election offices around the state, according to voter data firm Political Data, Inc. That is almost two-thirds of the total mail-vote turnout in the November 2012 election.