New registration figures show 23 percent of California voters now registered as independent

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SACRAMENTO, California — California's secretary of state says the share of voters who are not affiliated with any political party has hit a new record, with 23 percent of the electorate registered as independents.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen released the figures Tuesday ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

Bowen says 17.6 million Californians are registered to vote. Of those, 43 percent are registered as Democrats, 28 percent as Republicans and 23 percent as having no party preference, an increase of 2 percentage points since April.

Republican registration has fallen in California by nearly 3 percentage points over the last four years, while Democratic registration has fallen by about 1 percentage point as voters increasingly choose to register as independents.

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