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Turnout by non-Hispanic white voters in U.S. presidential elections 1980-2016

Traditionally in the United States, voters who identify as white have the highest turnout rate of all major ethnic groups; when white voters of non-Hispanic origin (defined as European Americans, Middle Eastern Americans and North African Americans) are analyzed separately, the turnout rate increases further. In the past four decades, turnout among non-Hispanic white voters has fluctuated between 59 and 67 percent, between three and five percent more than all white voters, and the rate was eight percent higher than the national average in the most recent election. In the five most recent elections, over seventy percent of non-Hispanic white people aged 65 and above have voted in presidential elections. In contrast to this, the youngest age bracket of non-Hispanic white voters, those aged 18 to 24 years old, had a turnout rate of just 37 percent in some years; this group still generally has the highest turnout rate among all ethnicities of this age, although black voters aged 18 to 24 did have the highest turnout rate in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Voter turnout rates* among non-Hispanic white voters (by age) in U.S. presidential elections from 1980 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.

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