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November 5, 2012

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By the Numbers: California’s November 2012 Election

18,245,970
Californians registered to vote in the November 6 presidential election
24,491
Precincts throughout the state’s 58 counties
154
Legislative and congressional seats up for election: 20 State Senate, 80 State Assembly, 1 U.S. Senate, 53 U.S. House of Representatives (Note: There is also a special primary election in the 4th Senate District, a seat that is scheduled for a regular election in 2014 but was vacated in September 2012.)
9.1 million
Vote-by-mail ballots issued (as reported by county elections officials)
7
Qualified political parties in California
3,820,545
Voters registered with no political party preference (20.9% of registered voters)
7,966,422
Voters registered with Democratic Party preference (43.7% of registered voters)
5,356,608
Voters registered with Republican Party preference (29.4% of registered voters)
117
Statewide initiatives approved by voters in the 100 years since direct democracy was established in California (Note: initiatives are one type of ballot measure www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_j.htm)
88.4%
Highest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1964)
65.5%
Lowest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1996)
28
Days county elections officials have to complete vote-tallying and auditing

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