Voter turnout among 25-44 year olds in U.S. presidential elections 1964-2016

In U.S. presidential elections between 1964 and 2016, the turnout rate among eligible voters in the 25 to 44 age bracket has generally decreased, from 69 percent to 49 percent. White voters in this age bracket have generally had the highest turnout rates in the twentieth century, particularly those of non-Hispanic origin, however African American voters have had a higher participation rate since the 2000 election, even exceeding the white non-Hispanic turnout in 2012. Asian American and Hispanic voters have generally had the lowest turnout rate among those in this age group, and since 1988 neither group has had a turnout rate above thirty percent (although both rates have gradually increased in recent elections).

Voter turnout rates* among 25 to 44 year olds by ethnicity in U.S. presidential elections from 1964 to 2016

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United States

Survey time period

1964 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*Voter turnout figures relate to the share of eligible voters who take part in the election, and does not represent the share of the entire population (for example, under-18's, non-citizens, felons (rules vary)).
Residents in U.S. overseas territories are eligible to vote in general elections, but may not vote in the presidential election.

**Prior to 2004, data also includes Pacific Islanders, therefore caution is advised when comparing figures over time.

***Non-Hispanic whites are defined as European Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and North African Americans, who do not have Hispanic ancestry. Their data is also included in the "White"category.

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