More Californians registering with no party preference

More Californians registering with no party preference
Dogs wait for their owner Claudia Kunin as she votes in the 2013 Los Angeles elections. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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.