Since implementing a pre-registration program for the state’s 16- and 17-year-olds that will kick in when they reach voting age, California has now enrolled 100,000 teenagers, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla is hopeful the results will “translate into action at the ballot box”.
“The impact of recent events is undeniable,” Padilla said. “It's absolutely served as a motivator for young people to pay more attention.”
It’s not just the young people in California who are opting against Republican affiliation: Just last week, Political Data Inc. released new data showing that Republicans have essentially taken on third-party status in California as more residents opt for a no-party-preference designation:
At the close of regular registration, 15 days before the June primary, there were 4,844,803 no-party-preference voters, according to Political Data Inc., compared with 4,771,984 Republicans. Both make up about a quarter of the California electorate, trailing 8,436,493 registered Democrats, about 44.4 percent.