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Record 18.2 million Californians registered to vote

November 2, 2012 | 12:36 pm

California has set a new record for voter registration, with Secretary of State Debra Bowen reporting that 18,245,970 residents, or 76.7% of those eligible, are on the rolls for the Nov. 6 electionIt's official. California has set a new record for voter registration, with the state reporting Friday that 18,245,970 residents, or 76.7% of those eligible, are on the rolls for the Nov. 6 election.

"Seeing a record number of Californians registered to vote is wonderful, but there are still too many eligible people skipping the electoral process altogether," Secretary of State Debra Bowen said after she released the report on those registered by the Oct. 22 deadline.

Democrats saw a slight increase in registration overall and Republicans a slight decrease as a surge in voter registration during the last 45 days leaned toward the Democratic Party and decline-to-state voters.

On Sept. 7, the last time the state reported the voter rolls, 43.33% of California voters were Democrats, 30.11% were Republicans and 27% declined to state their party affiliation or registered with other parties.

As of now, Democrats make up 43.66% of voters, Republicans 29.36%, with the rest in the decline-to-state or other-party categories.

This year, Californians for the first time could register to vote online. According to county data analyzed by Political Data Inc., a bipartisan company, at least 780,688 people registered online, and 61.5% of those were under age 35.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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