Pres. and Mid-Term Federal Election Turnout* %
               
The numbers for Presidential years appear on top, and numbers for mid-term elections appear below.
               
State 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008
Alabama 49.22% 50.92% 47.51% 55.70% 48.80% 51.60% 57.31% 61.80%
               
Alaska 58.66% 60.52% 56.37% 66.30% 59.78% 68.13% 70.76% 67.40%
               
Arizona 46.24% 47.69% 47.75% 55.65% 45.60% 45.63% 58.09% 55.90%
               
Arkansas 52.02% 53.02% 48.99% 54.29% 47.94% 47.86% 54.65% 52.80%
               
California 55.01% 57.20% 55.74% 60.30% 53.74% 55.71% 60.01% 61.80%
               
Colorado 57.16% 57.12% 58.96% 62.89% 54.53% 57.54% 68.41% 69.30%
               
Connecticut 63.88% 63.76% 60.65% 68.58% 59.59% 61.90% 65.21% 67.10%
               
Delaware 55.99% 57.55% 52.89% 58.03% 51.23% 59.03% 65.15% 65.90%
               
District of Columbia 37.21% 44.80% 42.52% 53.28% 46.57% 48.32% 57.04% 60.90%
               
Florida 52.01% 52.40% 49.02% 55.90% 51.87% 55.90% 66.17% 67.10%
               
Georgia 42.11% 43.11% 40.58% 48.48% 44.37% 45.80% 57.38% 61.10%
               
Hawaii 46.91% 48.38% 47.91% 46.89% 43.91% 44.19% 48.61% 50.60%
               
Idaho 69.04% 62.03% 61.28% 65.61% 59.31% 57.17% 64.69% 62.80%
               
Illinois 60.37% 60.83% 57.34% 62.24% 52.48% 56.24% 60.73% 62.70%
               
Indiana 58.29% 57.02% 54.27% 55.39% 49.63% 49.32% 55.69% 59.30%
               
Iowa 63.63% 64.15% 60.62% 65.83% 58.81% 63.16% 69.98% 69.70%
               
Kansas 57.49% 58.36% 55.96% 63.91% 57.28% 55.61% 64.17% 62.60%
               
Kentucky 50.52% 51.81% 49.34% 53.84% 48.21% 52.24% 59.71% 57.60%
               
Louisiana 53.98% 56.52% 55.36% 59.72% 57.78% 56.41% 60.78% 63.40%
               
Maine 65.40% 65.83% 62.46% 74.26% 65.15% 67.25% 73.40% 71.10%
               
Maryland 51.96% 53.82% 51.55% 57.70% 50.45% 55.50% 63.72% 67.80%
               
Massachusetts 61.41% 59.89% 60.03% 63.81% 58.36% 59.88% 63.60% 66.60%
               
Michigan 61.33% 59.33% 55.52% 62.99% 55.35% 59.86% 66.86% 68.60%
               
Minnesota 71.19% 69.90% 67.92% 73.67% 66.05% 69.55% 77.21% 77.90%
               
Mississippi 52.38% 53.27% 51.96% 52.93% 45.86% 49.10%

55.70%

61.30%

               
Missouri 59.49% 58.67% 56.63% 63.06% 55.05% 58.24% 66.89% 68.00%
               
Montana 65.62% 66.39% 64.38% 69.20% 63.11% 61.57% 64.36% 65.90%
               
Nebraska 57.47% 57.45% 58.78% 64.16% 57.02% 56.93% 64.80% 62.40%
               
Nevada 43.25% 43.64% 45.57% 53.86% 40.94% 45.24% 55.60% 57.50%
               
New Hampshire 58.13% 54.09% 56.35% 66.07% 58.35% 63.90% 70.95% 71.00%
               
New Jersey 58.08% 60.50% 57.03% 61.93% 56.37% 56.90% 64.54% 65.60%
               
New Mexico 52.31% 53.79% 51.98% 53.10% 47.44% 48.51% 59.17% 59.60%
               
New York 51.66% 55.65% 52.73% 56.65% 51.87% 55.10% 57.48% 57.50%
               
North Carolina 44.15% 48.21% 44.52% 51.44% 46.28% 50.68% 59.26% 65.80%
               
North Dakota 65.24% 64.01% 63.70% 66.60% 55.98% 60.31% 65.23% 64.80%
               
Ohio 56.08% 58.81% 55.83% 61.26% 55.39% 56.72% 67.55% 66.30%
               
Oklahoma 53.18% 54.02% 52.14% 60.61% 50.95% 49.86%

58.30%

56.70%

               
Oregon 62.82% 64.32% 60.62% 68.19% 59.67% 64.88% 70.50% 67.40%
               
Pennsylvania 52.65% 55.11% 51.01% 54.93% 49.72% 54.06%

62.60%

63.70%

Rhode Island 61.63% 58.85% 56.06% 62.84% 54.42% 54.22% 59.10% 62.00%
               
South Carolina 41.07% 41.58% 40.19% 46.06% 42.16% 46.96% 52.99% 58.60%
               
South Dakota 67.66% 64.26% 63.35% 66.75% 61.12% 57.66% 70.13% 63.70%
               
Tennessee 49.23% 50.12% 46.07% 53.21% 47.54% 49.87% 57.04% 57.70%
               
Texas 47.44% 51.00% 50.10% 54.19% 46.48% 49.16%

53.70%

54.50%

               
Utah 66.00% 63.04% 62.02% 64.01% 50.16% 53.84% 62.05% 53.80%
               
Vermont 58.74% 61.49% 60.11% 69.01% 59.32% 64.10% 66.19% 66.60%
               
Virginia 48.71% 52.35% 49.84% 55.36% 50.23% 54.04% 61.50% 67.40%
               
Washington 59.60% 61.31% 56.83% 63.99% 58.86% 60.70% 67.42% 66.80%
               
West Virginia 53.18% 52.88% 48.48% 50.08% 45.90% 46.62% 54.22% 50.30%
               
Wisconsin 68.43% 64.87% 62.80% 69.93% 58.36% 67.64% 76.73% 72.50%
               
Wyoming 54.10% 55.79% 56.03% 61.87% 61.31% 59.19% 65.00% 65.20%
               
Total 54.20% 55.25% 52.77% 58.11% 51.66% 54.22% 60.32% 61.60%
               
               
State 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006  
Alabama 40.59% 43.08% 41.13% 38.83% 41.16% 41.53% 37.0%  
               
Alaska 63.37% 51.39% 53.44% 53.43% 54.63% 54.17% 51.2%  
               
Arizona 36.01% 37.39% 41.82% 39.06% 31.48% 35.86% 39.2%  
               
Arkansas 48.15% 41.36% 40.69% 39.80% 37.51% 41.28% 38.1%  
               
California 48.74% 43.36% 42.41% 46.86% 43.51% 36.06% 38.7%  
               
Colorado 43.53% 45.93% 43.18% 42.15% 46.08% 46.33% 44.1%  
               
Connecticut 48.11% 42.39% 47.87% 49.11% 42.70% 42.30% 46.8%  
               
Delaware 44.38% 35.28% 37.01% 38.80% 33.38% 41.12% 41.2%  
               
District of Columbia 24.99% 28.28% 38.27% 44.59% 34.02% 30.15% 31.2%  
               
Florida 35.54% 40.91% 38.61% 42.88% 37.44% 45.56% 40.0%  
               
Georgia 29.63% 28.49% 31.59% 31.04% 33.66% 35.44% 34.4%  
               
Hawaii 46.46% 46.70% 45.36% 45.62% 48.97% 43.77% 38.6%  
               
Idaho 50.19% 58.42% 46.45% 52.72% 45.18% 44.66% 43.7%  
               
Illinois 46.45% 39.74% 40.57% 38.00% 40.97% 41.43% 38.5%  
               
Indiana 46.85% 39.44% 36.83% 36.45% 36.53% 33.85% 36.6%  
               
Iowa 50.18% 45.07% 48.45% 48.00% 45.28% 47.88% 47.4%  
               
Kansas 43.96% 47.84% 44.08% 44.67% 38.82% 44.05% 42.4%  
               
Kentucky 26.78% 25.45% 33.65% 27.71% 39.08% 37.16% 40.2%  
               
Louisiana   45.44% 47.18% 27.21% 31.29% 39.40% 27.5%  
               
Maine 56.28% 49.74% 57.32% 55.73% 51.59% 50.77% 52.2%  
               
Maryland 37.54% 34.59% 32.71% 40.52% 43.01% 46.34% 48.0%  
               
Massachusetts 49.01% 38.93% 53.41% 50.08% 42.96% 49.21% 48.5%  
               
Michigan 47.82% 36.75% 38.32% 45.05% 43.35% 44.45% 52.2%  
               
Minnesota 61.32% 46.82% 57.60% 54.49% 61.92% 64.09% 59.6%  
               
Mississippi 37.00% 29.37% 20.20% 31.94% 27.60% 30.07% 28.1%  
               
Missouri 43.26% 40.42% 36.16% 46.00% 39.64% 45.61% 49.4%  
               
Montana 56.36% 55.56% 55.73% 56.31% 50.70% 48.40% 55.0%  
               
Nebraska 48.53% 50.26% 52.47% 49.77% 45.51% 39.93% 46.5%  
               
Nevada 38.71% 37.41% 37.38% 36.86% 35.33% 36.24% 36.6%  
               
New Hampshire 41.18% 33.00% 36.19% 37.59% 36.30% 48.06% 40.6%  
               
New Jersey 41.99% 28.79% 35.70% 38.11% 32.93% 38.07% 39.7%  
               
New Mexico 44.32% 39.99% 40.05% 41.45% 41.58% 38.58% 40.9%  
               
New York 43.36% 35.01% 33.06% 42.68% 38.61% 36.11% 32.8%  
               
North Carolina 30.38% 34.20% 41.90% 30.28% 35.78% 39.67% 31.6%  
               
North Dakota 55.04% 60.98% 50.68% 50.44% 44.86% 48.51% 43.9%  
               
Ohio 44.14% 40.11% 43.60% 42.26% 41.33% 38.80% 45.2%  
               
Oklahoma 38.35% 39.73% 40.47% 42.75% 36.17% 41.21% 35.3%  
               
Oregon 54.97% 54.94% 54.08% 54.77% 47.15% 50.78% 51.4%  
               
Pennsylvania 42.10% 38.41% 34.06% 39.65% 33.33% 38.78% 43.4%  
               
Rhode Island 50.04% 42.99% 50.21% 50.47% 42.34% 44.74% 52.8%  
               
South Carolina 29.71% 31.49% 29.99% 35.10% 38.13% 36.95% 34.7%  
               
South Dakota 56.91% 60.09% 52.33% 60.06% 49.02% 60.68% 57.8%  
               
Tennessee 37.52% 34.79% 21.81% 38.62% 23.85% 39.61% 41.3%  
               
Texas 31.20% 31.91% 35.28% 37.51% 29.93% 34.25% 30.9%  
               
Utah 55.14% 42.48% 40.72% 41.47% 35.81% 37.03% 32.7%  
               
Vermont 45.38% 50.46% 50.88% 49.53% 49.04% 48.82% 54.8%  
               
Virginia 35.75% 29.09% 25.55% 43.60% 23.44% 28.99% 44.9%  
               
Washington 45.62% 42.44% 38.38% 45.76% 48.40% 41.79% 46.3%  
               
West Virginia 40.40% 29.93% 30.00% 30.52% 25.30% 31.20% 32.1%  
               
Wisconsin 46.85% 44.49% 38.96% 42.40% 46.32% 45.43% 52.6%  
               
Wyoming 48.97% 50.07% 51.16% 59.85% 49.95% 50.06% 49.4%  
               
Total 42.14% 38.14% 38.42% 41.13% 38.09% 39.51% 39.9%  
               
All turnout percentages based on votes cast for state highest office against voting eligible population.
States do not consistently track total votes cast, rendering highest office most consistent standard.
Voting eligible population, which excludes non-citizens and others barred from casting ballots, is most accurate calculation of an electorate.
*Source: Dr. Michael P. McDonald, George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.), United States Election Project
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