Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at a high school voter registration event in Vacaville in 2016. Photo courtesy Padilla’s office

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday registered voters in California have increased by more than 1.3 million over the past four years, with Democrats and those expressing no party preference growing.

The report showed 18,980,481 registered voters in California on Jan. 2, 1,320,224 more than at the same time before the last gubernatorial primary.

Democrats were big gainers over the past four years, adding 775,464 voters to reach 44.63 percent of the electorate, while Republicans lost 245,407 and dropped to 25.44 percent.

But voters with no part preference showed the biggest increase — 1,036,187 — to reach 24.95 percent of the electorate.

Padilla’s report is the first of three scheduled before the the June 5 gubernatorial primary. The next will be 60 days in advance and the final one 15 days before.

“California’s statewide primary is fast approaching—make sure you are registered to vote on candidates and ballot measures that will shape the direction of our state,” Padilla said. “If you’ve moved or changed your name since the last election, you’ll need to update your registration.”

Registration is available online at

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.