U.S. presidential elections - voter turnout

Voter turnout in U.S. presidential elections since 1908

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Release date

January 2013


United States

Survey time period

1908 to 2012

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Total REG data is incomplete or unavailable in some states, making it appear in some years as though more people voted than were registered to vote. From 1976 through 2004, this is due to the fact that North Dakota does not have voter registration, and in Wisconsin eligible voters may register to vote at the polls. The data from the above statistic comes from the following publications: (1824-1956) – Lyn Ragsdale, Vital Statistics on the Presidency (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998), p.132-38. The values from 1960 were compiled by Gerhard Peters from data obtained from the Federal Election Commission.

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