California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the latest voter registration numbers Tuesday. The report shows that the number of No Party Preference (independent) voters — the second largest voting bloc in the state — continues to climb, and has surpassed 5 million voters.
No Party Preference voters now make up 26.75% of the registered voting population. Voters registered NPP jumped 252,534 voters from the last report dated May 21. It is, however, important to note a couple of things:
- It is difficult to determine exactly how many of these new NPP voters are a result of the state’s new automatic voter registration system (called Motor Voter), but
- The trend toward larger independent voter registration existed before the implementation of automatic voter registration.
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This also does not include the many voters who may be unintentionally registered with the American Independent Party — which previous reports suggest could be as high as 90% of its registered members.
The deadline to register to vote for the November midterms is October 22. Eligible voters who miss the registration deadline may still have an opportunity to cast a ballot under the state’s new “conditional voter registration” option. This option is only available at county elections offices and select satellite locations depending on the rules of the county.