No-party California voters nearly one-quarter of electorate

jmiller@sacbee.comSeptember 23, 2014 Updated 60 minutes ago

Sacramento County election clerk, Kaitlin Huber, left, and Katie Hogge, middle, work with other clerks to sort vote-by-mail ballots after the June 2010 election.


Voters without a party preference make up almost one-quarter of California’s registered voters – a state record – outnumbering registered Republicans in a dozen counties, according to new registration numbers released Tuesday by the secretary of state’s office.

As of Sept. 5, 23.1 percent of the state’s 17.6 million registered voters have no-party preferences, the third-largest group of voters in the state. That is up almost 2 percentage points since two weeks before the June primary election.

Democratic registration stands at 43.43 percent and Republican registration is 28.23 percent. Both shares are virtually unchanged from four months ago.

San Francisco has the greatest share of no-party preference voters, at 31 percent, followed by Santa Clara (29.7 percent) and San Diego County (27 percent.) No-party registration exceeds Republican registration in San Francisco and 11 other counties: Santa Clara, Lake, San Mateo, Yolo, Imperial, Mendocino, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda.

California’s most Democratic county is San Francisco, where Democratic registration is 55.8 percent. The most Republican county is Modoc, where Republicans make up 49.8 percent of the electorate.

Click on a county in the map below to see its Democratic, Republican and no-party registration, and how the numbers stack up statewide.
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