Young California voters shun party affiliation

Dec 27, 2012
Young California voters shun party affiliation

(Phys.org)—Young adults in California registered to vote in record numbers in 2012, especially online, driving a trend toward no party affiliation, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.

With the implementation of online registration a month before the November election, registration among 18- to 24-year-olds in California increased 14 percent statewide compared with the 2008 general election. Young now make up 11 percent of the state's electorate.

Of the 244,049 new California youth registrants in 2012, 154,054 registered online—63 percent. Those stating "no party preference" were the second-largest group after those identifying as Democrats. are the only group of California voters among whom fewer than 40 percent are registered as Democratic.

"The rising youth electorate in California may not mean future growth in Democratic party registration rolls as some analysts have predicted," said Mindy Romero, a researcher at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change and author of the study. "Instead, if this trend continues, a younger electorate will mean even smaller percentages of both registered ."

In 15 counties, including Orange and San Diego, young adults who registered with "no political preference" outnumbered those who said they were Democrat or Republican. In 34 counties, new "NPP" voters were the second-largest group to register, following Democratic voters; these counties included Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Ventura counties.

The study also looked at online registration for the state's overall electorate. Statewide, new voters who registered online leaned young and Democratic.

Young adults made up 30 percent of those who registered online statewide. Democrats represented 47.5 percent.

Online registration, however, accounted for only 2.8 percent of overall registration. 

"Although online registration accounted for about 500,000 new registered voters, it appears to have only modestly boosted total voter registration for the general electorate in the November election, Romero said.

"However, looking only at those registrants that registered after online registration was made available (Sept. 19), 49.8 percent of general registrants and 49.5 percent of young adult registrants registered via this method—meaning that online became the dominant method of registration for Californians once it was implemented. As online registration becomes a more common registration method going forward, youth dominance of this method could provide another pathway to increasing influence on the political makeup of the electorate," she said.

Statewide, 76.7 percent of eligible voters registered in 2012, an increase of 2 percent over 2008.

The study is the third in a series of reports released on election issues by the California Civic Engagement Project, a new nonpartisan data repository and research initiative of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The study uses registration records from the California Secretary of State's Office.

The study, "California's 2012 : The Impact of Youth and Online Voter ," is available at the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project website.

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Doug_Huffman
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 27, 2012
Hence the political power of LUCAC La Raza.
ryggesogn2
1.3 / 5 (12) Dec 27, 2012
Changing political parties is quite easy and it is effective as the party politicians review voter registrant lists several times a year.
Just imagine if 75% of CA registered republican tomorrow. Do you think Jerry Brown would notice?
Same for Obama if all those who don't like Obama's socialist policies registered as Republicans?
FrankHerbert
2.3 / 5 (12) Dec 27, 2012
What are you smoking?
Shinobiwan Kenobi
2.5 / 5 (16) Dec 28, 2012
Rygg, because you're so against socialism will you be opting out of Medicare/Medicaid? Additionally, it's got to be difficult reconciling having insurance of any kind with such an aversion to having a small minority that benefits from the money that many others pool together...
BSD
3 / 5 (12) Dec 28, 2012
Same for Obama if all those who don't like Obama's socialist policies registered as Republicans?


Where's the socialism? You wouldn't know socialism if bit you on the arse mate.

You sound like a broken record of 1950's paranoia. Grow up.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (10) Dec 28, 2012
you're so against socialism will you be opting out of Medicare/Medicaid?

I am FORCED to pay for it and I will damn sure try to get my money back from this "INSURANCE" program.
I support turning the Ponzi schemes SS and Medicare into REAL insurance programs. Do you?
VendicarD
2.6 / 5 (10) Dec 28, 2012
RyggTard is just a run of the mill Randite. Rabidly anti-social, maladjusted, psychotic, and a greedy, loathsome, psychopath who is incapable of original thought.

Exactly the properties Rand (who named herself after a typewriter), wanted in her disciples.

Know the enemy.
VendicarD
2.2 / 5 (10) Dec 28, 2012
You should slit your own throat and then demand medical attention.

"I am FORCED to pay for it and I will damn sure try to get my money back from this "INSURANCE" program." - RyggTard

It is the Republican thing to do.
VendicarD
2.2 / 5 (14) Dec 28, 2012
Since SS and Medicare are Real insurance programs, rational, thinking people can only scratch their head, laugh at you and marvel at how living in the Faux News/NewsMax Bubble has made you so stupid so rapidly.

You must be from one of those Low IQ, parasite, red states.

"I support turning the Ponzi schemes SS and Medicare into REAL insurance programs. Do you?" - RyggTard
ryggesogn2
2.4 / 5 (11) Dec 28, 2012
Why aren't the socialists/democrats concerned CA young are NOT registering as socialists/democrats? They are rejecting them. Why?
Shinobiwan Kenobi
2.1 / 5 (14) Dec 28, 2012
I support turning the Ponzi schemes SS and Medicare into REAL insurance programs. Do you?


To Vendicar's point, and directed at Rygg:

The entire concept of many paying into a pool so that the few can be covered in extenuating circumstances is the same regardless of the size of the construct in which it operates so differentiating between Medicare/Medicaid, SS, and "Real" insurance is moot; why do you support socialism in one form but scoff at it in another?
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (10) Dec 28, 2012
Real" insurance is moot;

What happens you run out of other people's money?
"Germany accused of 'deporting' its elderly: Rising numbers moved to Asia and Eastern Europe because of sky-high care costs"
http://www.dailym...sts.html
why do you support socialism in one form but scoff at it in another?

I don't support socialism.
Shinobiwan Kenobi
2 / 5 (16) Dec 28, 2012
I could ask you the same question about people paying into insurance rather than Medicare/Medicaid; What happens when "Real" insurance gouges consumers to the point where they don't buy it and the insurance companies cannot cover provider costs?

I don't support socialism.


How is it that you do not see that insurance is a form of socialism?
Shinobiwan Kenobi
2 / 5 (16) Dec 28, 2012
Why aren't the socialists/democrats concerned CA young are NOT registering as socialists/democrats? They are rejecting them. Why?


Because the Democratic Party is moderate-conservative.
Shinobiwan Kenobi
2.1 / 5 (15) Dec 28, 2012
I am FORCED to pay for it and I will damn sure try to get my money back from this "INSURANCE" program.


So, you will become worse than the leeches you complain about?
ScooterG
1.8 / 5 (10) Dec 28, 2012
Why aren't the socialists/democrats concerned CA young are NOT registering as socialists/democrats? They are rejecting them. Why?


Maybe the voters are *finally* looking at their pay stubs and noticing the huge difference between their gross pay and their net pay? Maybe they are *finally* starting to correlate high withholdings with low disposable income?

Maybe the pendulum is starting to swing back towards fiscal sanity? Let's hope.
xen_uno
2.5 / 5 (8) Dec 30, 2012
"Because the Democratic Party is moderate-conservative"

Ha ... LOL ... Chuckle ... get real
Shinobiwan Kenobi
1.9 / 5 (13) Dec 30, 2012
"Because the Democratic Party is moderate-conservative"

Ha ... LOL ... Chuckle ... get real


I see the view from the echo-chamber is as muddy as ever.
VendicarD
3.3 / 5 (7) Dec 31, 2012
Probably because Liberals respect political freedom and don't demand adherence to party dictates as the Fascists in who belong/run to the Republican party do.

"Why aren't the socialists/democrats concerned CA young are NOT registering as socialists/democrats?" - RyggTard

I am content in the knowledge that Liberal voters in California will remain Liberal voters in California irrespective of their party status.

I am gratified that Repubican's in California are shunning their sick in the head party for the crimes it has committed against the people of California.
VendicarD
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2012
Are you suggesting that they will now start to engage in the same Republican Treason that has bankrupted the American nation?

"Maybe the voters are *finally* looking at their pay stubs and noticing the huge difference between their gross pay and their net pay?" - ScooterG

The people of California are marginally smarter than that.
California, unlike the low IQ red states, a moderately high IQ state.

What Low IQ state are you from Scootard?

VendicarD
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2012
Isn't it already abundantly clear that antisocial psychopaths like RyggTard and ScooTard already are?

"So, you will become worse than the leeches you complain about?" - Kenobi
VendicarD
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2012
Odd. You do pay taxes don't you?

You do drive on public roads don't you?

"I don't support socialism." - RyggTard

You do socialize risk by subscribing to a home insurance programs, health care programs, etc. don't you?

ryggesogn2
1.5 / 5 (8) Jan 01, 2013
"In their most basic form, voter lists are simply listings of the names, addresses, and party affiliations of everyone who is registered to vote in a certain voting district. "
http://www.localv...sts.html

If a voter registers with no preference, how does the new candidate or incumbent know what the voters want? Of course they can buy polling data, but if the voter registers a party preference, ANY preference, communist to libertarian, candidates and incumbents will have some idea what they need to do to earn your vote. Also, it is quite easy to change party preferences so a voter can 'vote' throughout the year.
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 01, 2013
@ryggie I don't support socialism.
You just confessed in your prior post that you DO support 'socialism', you moron
IronhorseA
1 / 5 (2) Jan 01, 2013
Why aren't the socialists/democrats concerned CA young are NOT registering as socialists/democrats? They are rejecting them. Why?

Because membership in political parties is something their parents do, and like all kids, they develop their own way of doing things. It has nothing to do with their political leanings.