State releases first Report of Registration ahead of Nov. 3 General Election

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla recently released the first voter registration report for the Nov. 3 General Election. The report shows that 20,921,513 Californians were registered to vote as of July 3, 2020. This represents an increase of 2.8 million registered voters since the Report of Registration at a similar point in the last presidential election cycle (July 7, 2016). According to the report, 83.49 percent of eligible Californians are registered to vote. This is the highest percentage of eligible Californians registered to vote heading into a General Election in the past 68 years.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, California is on track to reach another registration milestone,” Padilla said. “California will reach 21 million registered voters before the November General Election —extending our current state record for voter registration.”

“This fall, elections officials will be mailing ballots directly to all active registered voters. Make sure your voter registration, especially your address, is up to date, so that you receive your ballot timely. Do not wait. Election officials will begin printing their initial ballot mailing lists next month. To confirm your registration information, visit VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov. To update your registration or register for the first time, visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov.”

Oct. 19 is the traditional voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3, General Election. If an eligible Californian misses the Oct. 19 deadline, they can complete the same day voter registration process and cast their vote that day. However, this option is only available at county elections offices and in-person voting locations.

The Report of Registration includes:

  • Voter registration by political party, by county, city, congressional district, state senate district, state assembly district, supervisorial district, and board of equalization.
  • Statewide voter registration by age group by county.
  • Historical comparisons to previous reports in presidential election years, and,
  • Reports on political bodies attempting to qualify as political parties (by county).

Go to sos.ca.gov/elections/report-registration/123day-gen-2020/ to view the complete statewide Report of Registration.

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