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May 12, 2016

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Secretary of State Padilla Releases Report of Voter Registration for June 7 Primary Election


SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today released the second of three voter registration reports for the June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election. The report is a compilation of voter registration numbers reported by California’s 58 county elections offices. The report reflects registration data as of April 8, 2016, which is 60 days prior to the primary election. 

The report shows that 17,268,833 Californians are currently registered to vote – up 231,419 since the April 6, 2012 Report on Registration. The next report will reflect data as of May 23, 2016, which is 15 days prior to the primary election. 

“70.08% of eligible California citizens are currently registered to vote,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you want to register to vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary Election there is still time—the registration deadline is May 23.” 

“If you’ve moved or changed your name since the last election, you will need to update your registration information. Californians can register or update their registration information online at It is quick and easy. You can also use to update your political party preference.” 

“If you are unsure of your voter registration status—check with your county elections office,” Padilla said. “Many county offices have online tools that allow voters to quickly check their status.”  

A full list of contact information for county elections officials and links to county online voter registration status tools is available on the Secretary of State’s website at: 

“Whether you’ve recently turned 18, become a new US citizen, or just want to vote for the first time—register today. You can even register from your smart phone through” Padilla said. 

Los Angeles County had the largest numerical increase in registered voters since April 6, 2012, increasing by 304,457.  Voter registration in the Central Valley County of San Joaquin increased by 31,862—making it the county with the greatest percentage increase (+11.9%) in registrations since April 6, 2012. 

Click here for more information and the complete Report of Registration 

Out of State Primaries Impact Use of California Online Registration?

Since April 9, 2016, there have been over 500,000 completed transactions on the Secretary of State’s voter registration website, which include new registrations and updates to registration information. 52.7% of these registrations or registration updates were by voters ages 17-35. 

Over 205,000 of these completed transactions occurred in the days immediately preceding and following recent Presidential Primary Elections in other states. 

New York Primary (April 19)

From April 18-20 there were 66,438 completed transactions on the Secretary of State’s voter registration website. 

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut Primaries (April 26)

From April 25-27 there were 47,758 completed transactions on the Secretary of State’s voter registration website. 

Indiana Primary (May 3)

From May 2 – 5 there were 91,613 completed transactions on the Secretary of State’s voter registration website. 

“The race for the White House is capturing the attention of many Californians. It is clear that people want to vote in the Presidential Primary Election, and the first step is registering to vote," said Secretary Padilla. 


Registration Totals and Statistics

The registration totals for the six qualified political parties and voters who have no political party preference are:


Political PartyApril 6, 2012April 8, 2016
# Registered% of Total# Registered% of Total
American Independent 430,635 2.53 % 474,338 2.75%
Democratic 7,408,884 43.49 % 7,537,312 43.65%
Green 110,431 0.65 % 93,128 0.54%
Libertarian 93,217 0.55 % 117,327 0.68%
Peace and Freedom 59,536 0.35 % 73,440 0.43%
Republican 5,163,541 30.31 % 4,752,293 27.52%
No Party Preference 3,630,726 21.31 % 4,117,885 23.85%
Miscellaneous 140,444 0.82 % 103,110 0.60%
TOTAL 17,037,414 100 % 17,268,833 100 %


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