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Conservative stronghold and shifting demographics

Roseville, Calif. – Placer County, long a bastion of conservatism in California continues to change.

Waves of development, family friendly neighborhoods and economic opportunity continue to attract new residents and entrepreneurs from throughout California. As the population continues to grow, the move to a more pluralistic county is projected to tip the balance of power within a generation should long term trends continue. A similar scenario played out in Orange County, a former conservative enclave turned blue.

According to Official Placer Elections data, Democrat voter registration has outpaced Republican registration in the last decade by a whopping margin. Republicans still retain a sizable, yet shrinking advantage in Placer County. In 2020, Donald Trump won Placer County by over six percentage points.

Dissatisfaction with both major parties

The voter registration data also shows the biggest percentage change is in in voters not wishing to be associated with either party. Other party preference accounts for nearly 28 percent of registered voters with No Party preference accounting for over 20 percent.

Active Voters

Ryan Ronco, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters shared that Placer County has the “6th highest turnout in California in the recall election and the highest turnout for counties over 150,000 registered voters.” He added that Placer County is “historically 10 to 15 percentage points above the California average turnout each major election.”

Updated May 2022

As of May 2022, Placer County elections currently lists 275,844 registered voters, an increase of 599 since April. Total voter registration has increased roughly 55,000 since 2018.

Placer County Voter Registration

Placer County Voter Registration
Placer County Voter Registration since 2006.

Updated May 2022

Republican RegistrationDemocratic RegistrationOther / No Preference
200651.70%28.69%19.61%
200850.59%28.70%20.71%
201048.39%29.07%22.54%
201247.96%28.05%23.99%
201446.37%27.54%26.09%
201645.40%28.91%25.69%
201842.48%28.27%29.25%
202041.75%30.75%27.50%
202140.73%31.33%27.94%
202240.52%31.51%27.97%

Data Sources: California Secretary of State
and Placer County