Voter Turnout Data

Below you will find tables with voter turnout data for all general (even-numbered years) elections dating back to 1972. The data is split up between presidential and non-presidential election years, to more accurately compare them.

For a more complete picture of voter turnout in the 2016 General Election, click here to be taken to our statistical breakdown of the election. On this page you can find maps and charts detailing the methods by which individual counties voted. Specifically, these maps examine the percentage of each county's registered voter population that voted using a certain method (Such as: in-person, early voting, or absentee-by-mail.)

General Election Voter Turnout

 

Turnout Statistics for Presidential Election Years: 1972-Present

Year Total
Registered Voters
Total
Ballots Cast
Turnout
Percentage
1972 2,357,645 1,518,612 64.41%
1976 2,553,717 1,677,906 65.70%
1980 2,774,844 1,855,833 66.88%
1984 3,270,933 2,239,051 68.45%
1988 3,432,040 2,134,370 62.19%
1992 3,817,380 2,611,850 68.40%
1996 4,277,000 2,513,357 58.76%
2000 5,122,123 3,015,964 58.88%
2004 5,526,981 3,551,675 64.26%
2008 6,262,566 4,354,052 69.53%
2012 6,639,131 4,540,488 68.40%
2016 6,914,248 4,769,640 68.98%

Turnout Statistics for Non-Presidential Election Years: 1974-Present

Year Total
Registered Voters
Total
Ballots Cast
Turnout
Percentage
1974 2,279,646 1,020,367 44.76%
1978 2,430,306 1,135,814 46.74%
1982 2,674,787 1,330,630 49.75%
1986 3,080,990 1,591,330 51.65%
1990 3,347,635 2,068,904 61.80%
1994 3,635,875 1,533,728 42.18%
1998 4,700,799 2,012,149 42.80%
2002 5,003,297 2,349,966 46.97%
2006 5,567,424 2,036,451 36.58%
2010 6,172,787 2,700,393 43.57%
2014 6,628,521 2,918,052 44.02%

Primary Election Voter Turnout

 

Primary Turnout Statistics for Presidential Years: 1988-Present

Year Total
Registered Voters
Total
Ballots Cast
Turnout
Percentage
1988 3,191,502 953,759 29.88%
1992 3,527,187 975,446 27.66%
1996 4,034,233 781,980 19.38%
2000 4,930,310 868,593 17.62%
2004 5,177,764 846,542 16.35%
2008 5,765,303 2,182,215 36.86%
2012 6,296,759 2,182,675 34.66%
2016 6,511,143 2,323,590 35.69%

Primary Turnout Statistics for Non-Presidential Years: 1990-Present

Year Total
Registered Voters
Total
Ballots Cast
Turnout
Percentage
1990 3,147,867 538,651 17.11%
1994 3,544,095 430,838 12.16%
1998 4,547,438 805,319 17.71%
2002 4,999,736 1,060,667 21.21%
2006 5,460,054 651,086 11.92%
2010 6,105,831 880,128 14.41%
2014 6,516,126 1,028,600 15.79%