Our new collection of California Voter Registrations unlock more than 30 million names of Californians who registered to vote between 1900 and 1944. The collection reveals the political preferences of California residents – including several celebrities and political figures – who voted during the first half of the 20th century.
In 1942, actor and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan was registered to vote as a Democrat and remained a registered party member until at least 1954. It wasn’t until later that he changed his party affiliation to Republican.
Ronald Reagan’s 1942 Voter Registration List
Lucille Ball is registered as a Communist in 1936 and 1938, and was later asked to testify before Congress during McCarthy’s Communist witch hunts.
Lucille Ball’s 1936 Voter Registration List
In 1944, Ozzy and Harriett Nelson are both registered as Republicans. Harriett was employed as an “actress;” Ozzy as an “orchestra leader.”
Ozzy and Harriett’s 1944 Voter Registration List
Walt Disney is found alongside brothers Robert and Roy in a 1924 voter registration list. Walt and Robert were both registered Republican, while Roy “declined statement.” In 1940, Walt’s wife Lillian changed her party affiliation to Democrat, while Walt remained Republican.
Walt Disney’s 1924 Voter Registration List
Walt Disney’s 1940 Voter Registration List