Record 18.2 Million Californians Registered to Vote, More Than the Population of 46 Other States

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California last month hit a new record of more than 18.2 million registered voters, as state elections officials say registration continues to surge.

First time voter Rocio Rodriguez points to her "I Voted" sticker after casting a ballot at a polling station in Cudahy on June 7, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

First time voter Rocio Rodriguez points to her “I Voted” sticker after casting a ballot at a polling station in Cudahy on June 7, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is a major milestone,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a written statement.

The state saw a net gain of almost 1 million new voters since a report from the same time period in 2012. The new data show California now has more registered voters than the population of 46 states.

Republicans trailed Democrats in registration by more than 18 percentage points in the official state report released Wednesday. Unaffiliated voters, known in California as those who have “no party preference,” were a close third and made up more than 23% of the statewide registration.

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