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A polling place in San Diego County. Photo by Chris Stone

The number of registered voters in California now exceeds 20 million, with the share of Republican voters continuing to show a long-term decline.

The registration milestone, which comes a year before the 2020 presidential primary, was reported this week by Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

“In the November 2018 general election, we experienced record voter registration and record turnout, and the wave continues,” Padilla said. “With over 20 million citizens now registered, California has reached another major milestone.”

In the latest detailed figures from the Secretary of State’s office, 43 percent of voters are registered as Democrats, 24 percent as Republicans, 5 percent as members of other parties, and 28 percent with no party preference.

The share of Republicans has declined steadily over the past decade. It is down from 26 percent in 2017 and 31 percent in 2009.

The Democratic share has fluctuated between 43 percent and 45 percent of registered voters over the same period.

A record 79 percent of eligible Californians are  registered to vote, compared to 74 percent a decade ago.

“Voters who have already registered to vote should make sure their voter registration is up to date — including your address, political party, and vote-by-mail preference. With next year’s presidential primary fast approaching, verifying your political party preference is critical,” Padilla added.

Californians can register to vote or update their voter registration online at registertovote.ca.gov

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Chris Jennewein

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