The numbers are in, and by all accounts not only is voter registration up, but the prediction is that registration will continue to increase.
This change has been credited to the ability to register to vote online. This is a new election year, and in election years it is important that all of us share with our neighbors that if they want a California...a Los Angeles that represents their interests, that they have to register to vote. Once they register to vote, they have to vote.
There is no doubt that online voter registration has been a force in the effort to get our community out to register to vote. Online voter registration has raised the awareness of Angelenos, and reminded us of our right as American citizens to have that voice heard.
We are winning, but we cannot rest on our laurels.
Until we know that everyone who is eligible to vote has been given the opportunity to register, that everyone knows their voter rights, we still have work to do.
Then we ask ourselves, what is next?
There is much left to do.
From volunteering to register voters to talking to friends and neighbors, we must take up the action call that the only way to be heard is to vote.
The only way to vote is to register.
Story from the LA Times below:
SACRAMENTO -- With a new election year underway in California, the percentage of state voters registered as Republicans and Democrats has declined from four years ago while a larger share of Californians are signing up with no party preference, according to new data released Tuesday.
“Voter registration is up from four years ago, and that number will continue to climb as the May 19 registration deadline nears,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen in a statement.
She credited the ability of voters to register online with helping increase the number of voters from 16,909,574 in January 2010, to 17,660,257 as of Dec, 31, 2013.
Republican registration dropped from 30.75% of voters in January 2010 to 28.73% at the end of last year.
While the number of voters registered Democratic increased during that period, the Democratic Party’s share of the electorate decreased from 44.62% on Jan. 5, 2010, to 43.58% as of Dec. 31, 2013.
The percentage of voters with no party preference increased from 20.18% in January 2010 to 20.94% at the end of last year.