The proportion of Californians eschewing party politics continued to gradually increase over the past two years, with nearly 21 percent of the electorate now registered to vote with no party preference, according to a report today by the California secretary of state.
The increase is less than half a percentage point over the last off-year registration report, in 2011.
Meanwhile, the proportion of voters registered to vote Democratic declined to 43.93 percent from 44.04 percent in February 2011, while Republican registration dropped to 28.94 percent from 30.88 percent two years ago, according to the report. In 2005, the GOP could claim 34.5 percent of registered voters.
The total number of registered voters now stands at about 18.1 million, down from 18.2 million in fall 2012. In the last off year report, two years ago, total registration was about 17.2 million.
PHOTO CREDIT: Elections officials in Sacramento County on Oct. 1, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/ RenÃ©e C. Byer