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Do Registration Reforms Add New Voters or Keep Californians Registered?

Upcoming March 12, 2024 · 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In recent years, new voter registration and voter address updates have surged—due largely to California’s new process for automatic voter registration. In a presentation of a new report, PPIC researcher Eric McGhee will outline the ways in which registration reforms have increased or maintained the voter rolls and join report co-author Mindy Romero in discussing efforts needed to improve voter engagement.

Featured Blog Post · November 2, 2023

California’s Changing Immigration Is Reshaping Its Electorate

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Fact Cards

About half of registered voters in California are Democrats.
Turnout fell sharply among California’s voters of color in the 2022 midterms compared to the presidential election.
As of 2014, Latinos are California’s largest demographic.
About 2 in 3 Californians support the state making its own policies to address climate change.
In 2020, California lost population for the first time in state history.
70% Percentage of Californians who think the gap between rich and poor is growing in their part of the state.
81% of registered California voters cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
About 7 in 10 Californians think that when today’s children grow up, they will be worse off financially than their parents.
No race or ethnic group constitutes a majority of California’s population.

Meet the Team

Mark Baldassare

Statewide Survey Director and Miller Chair in Public Policy

Dean Bonner

Associate Survey Director and Research Fellow

Eric McGhee

Policy Director and Senior Fellow