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October 1, 2020
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Secretary of State Releases Latest Report of Registration Ahead of the November 3, 2020, General Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today released the latest voter registration report for the November 3, 2020, General Election. The report shows that 21,240,236 Californians were registered to vote as of September 4, 2020. This represents an increase of 2,988,410 registered voters since the Report of Registration at a similar point in the last presidential election cycle (September 9, 2016). 84.68% of eligible Californians are registered to vote. This is the highest percentage of eligible Californians registered to vote heading into a General Election in the past 68 years.

Click here to view the complete statewide Report of Registration.

“This month California reached a historic registration milestone with over 21.2 million registered voters, an increase of nearly 3 million voters compared to a similar point in the last presidential election," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. "Despite this huge increase, there's still more work to be done. For those who have registered, the next step is making a plan to vote. Voting begins in California on October 5th, and this year we urge more Californians to vote early.”

“California election officials will soon be sending mail-in-ballots to all active, registered voters in the state, so it's essential that your registration and mailing address are up to date. Californians can confirm their registration status at And for those who haven't yet registered, there's still time to do so from the comfort of home at,” Padilla added.

October 19 is the traditional voter registration deadline for the November 3, 2020, General Election. If an eligible Californian misses the October 19 deadline, they can complete the same day voter registration process and cast their vote that day. Same day voter registration is available at your county elections office and all in-person voting locations.

Registration Comparison September 4, 2020 Report vs. September 9, 2016 Report

Political Party

# Registered


% of Total


# Registered


% of Total


Change in % Points

(2016 to 2020)

Democratic 9,859,577 46.42% 8,251,570 45.21% 1.21
Republican 5,132,076 24.16% 4,888,719 26.78% -2.62
No Party 5,038,390 23.72% 4,267,218 23.38% 0.34
American Independant 616,584 2.90% 456,924 2.50% 0.4


81,305 0.38% 84,759 0.46% -0.08
Libertarian 184,838 0.87% 121,114 0.66% 0.21
Peace and Freedom 99,983 0.47% 69,769 0.38% 0.09
Unknown/Other 227,483 1.07% 111,753 0.61% 0.46

The report registration includes:

  • Voter registration by political party, by county, city, congressional district, state senate district, state assembly district, supervisorial district, and board of equalization.
  • Statewide voter registration by age group by county.
  • Historical comparisons to previous reports in presidential election years.
  • Reports on political bodies attempting to qualify as political parties (by county.


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