Early voting at the Kearny Mesa headquarters of the San Diego Registrar of Voters in 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that California has added almost 1.2 million voters — nearly all Democrats and independents — since the last gubernatorial primary in 2014.

In a report prior to the June 5 primary, Padilla said that as of April 6 the number of registered voters had increased by 1,194,343 to 18,854,829 from April 4, 2014.

Registered Democrats grew by 1 percent to 8,405,464, while Republicans declined 3 percent to 4,763,967. The number of independents rose 4 percent to 4,735,318 — less than 30,000 shy of registered Republicans.

Just over 75 percent of eligible Californians are now registered to vote — the highest percentage heading into a gubernatorial primary in 64 years.

“It’s exciting to see the highest percentage of eligible Californians registered to vote in decades,” Padilla said. “The results of California’s 2018 statewide elections will determine the future of our state and our communities for years to come.”

He urged those who have not registered or are unsure of their status to go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

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Chris Jennewein

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