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Midterm Elections See Highest Turnout In More Than A Century [Infographic]

November 16,2018 14:14

The predictions have turned out to be accurate with Americans hitting the polls in force during last week's midterms. Preliminary numbers are in and according to the U.S. Elections Project, 49.2% of eligible voters cast their ballots on November 6th ...


Nov 16, 2018, 07:41am

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The predictions have turned out to be accurate with Americans hitting the polls in force during last week's midterms. Preliminary numbers are in and according to the U.S. Elections Project, 49.2% of eligible voters cast their ballots on November 6th - nearly 116 million people. That's the highest recorded rate for the midterms since 1914 when turnout was 50.4% and women didn't have the vote.
25 states recorded 50% turnout or higher with Colorado (62.2%), Minnesota (64.3%), Montana (62.1%), Oregon (61.3%) and Wisconsin (61.2%) exceeding 60%. Historically, the midterms have always had a weaker turnout than presidential elections and despite this year's impressive numbers, that trend remains more or less unchanged. The race for the White House usually sees a turnout of about 60%, though the 2018 midterms did come close to matching Bill Clinton's re-election campaign from 1996 when turnout was 51.7%.
*Click below to enlarge (charted by Statista)

Voter turnout for the U.S. midterm-electionsStatista

 

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