Tired Of Political Parties?
California State Capitol
A new report shows the number of people choosing to side with a political party is shrinking locally, and across the state.
The Secretary of State's Office reports that 77.1% of California voters were registered members of political parties during the last election, while there were 78.9% during the mid-term election of 2010. Statewide, the Republican Party declined by 2% and the Democratic Party by 0.1%.
28.9% of Californians now identify as being Republican and 43.9% as a Democrat. The number of voters declining to state a political party grew by 0.4%, the Libertarian Party grew by close to 0.1%, and the conservative American Independent Party increased by 0.2%.
In Tuolumne County, 42.15% were registered Republican during the last election, 32.1 Democratic, and 19.59 as declined to state. Republicans fell by 0.35% and Democrats by 0.3%. Those in the decline to state category grew by 0.59%. Locally, County Clerk and Auditor Controller Debi Russell says she has noticed the shift notably with younger voters, those in their late teens or early 20's.
In Calaveras County, the Republican Party declined by 0.3% to 42.49%, and the Democratic by over 0.5% to 30.74%. Keeping with the trend, the number of decline to state voters increased by 0.6% to 19.03%.
Also of note, the report shows that Calaveras County has the second highest percentage of Libertarian Party members in the state at 1.21%.
Written by BJ Hansen