SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – It looks like a record number of Californians have registered to vote in the upcoming November election, undermining the perception that the electorate is less enthusiastic this year.

That has been the conventional wisdom, that voter passion is lower than it was four years ago. But Secretary of State spokesperson Shannan Velayas said 679,000 newly registered voters were verified in the 45 days leading up to Monday’s deadline to register and that number is likely to top a million once all the applications are processed.

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KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“Early estimates are showing that voter registration will likely reach a record high for this coming election,” said Velayas.

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The registration record is 17.3 million, set in 2009. It’s too soon to say how many of these voters will actually cast ballots but Laura Hollybrook of San Francisco said she’s more enthusiastic than in 2008.

“This one I think there’s a lot of issues on the table that I’m interested in and more aware of,” she said. “So it makes me want to vote.”

More than half the new voters signed up online.

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