See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

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Voter turnout data for United States

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in United States. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Parliamentary

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2014
82,660,835
33.64%
245,712,915
318,892,103
 No
2012
67.95%
131,590,825
193,653,908
54.62%
240,926,957
312,780,968
 No
2010
41.59%
90,682,968
218,054,301
38.46%
235,809,266
308,282,053
 No
2008
64.36%
122,586,293
190,461,401
57.45%
213,382,000
303,824,640
 No
2006
47.52%
82,121,411
172,805,006
37.32%
220,043,054
298,444,215
0.40%
 No
2004
68.75%
121,862,329
177,265,030
56.66%
215,080,198
293,027,571
 No
2002
45.31%
73,844,526
162,993,315
35.09%
210,464,504
278,058,881
 No
2000
63.76%
99,738,383
156,421,311
46.62%
213,954,023
284,970,789
 No
1998
51.55%
73,117,022
141,850,558
34.74%
210,446,120
280,298,524
 No
1996
65.97%
96,456,345
146,211,960
49.08%
196,511,000
265,679,000
 No
1994
57.64%
75,105,860
130,292,822
38.78%
193,650,000
262,090,745
 No
1992
78.02%
104,405,155
133,821,178
55.09%
189,529,000
255,407,000
 No
1990
56.03%
67,859,189
121,105,630
36.52%
185,812,000
248,709,873
 No
1988
72.48%
91,594,693
126,379,628
50.11%
182,778,000
245,057,000
 No
1986
54.89%
64,991,128
118,399,984
36.40%
178,566,000
239,529,693
 No
1984
74.63%
92,652,680
124,150,614
53.11%
174,466,000
236,681,000
 No
1982
61.10%
67,615,576
110,671,225
39.79%
169,938,000
233,697,676
 No
1980
76.53%
86,515,221
113,043,734
52.56%
164,597,000
227,738,000
 No
1978
57.04%
58,917,938
103,291,265
37.20%
158,373,000
221,537,514
 No
1976
77.64%
81,555,789
105,037,989
53.55%
152,309,190
218,035,000
 No
1974
58.15%
55,943,834
96,199,020
38.23%
146,336,000
214,305,134
 No
1972
79.85%
77,718,554
97,328,541
55.21%
140,776,000
208,840,000
 No
1970
70.32%
58,014,338
82,496,747
46.60%
124,498,000
203,211,926
 No
1968
89.66%
73,211,875
81,658,180
60.84%
120,328,186
200,710,000
 No
1966
56,188,046
48.38%
116,132,000
197,730,744
 No
1964
70,644,592
61.92%
114,090,000
192,119,000
 No
1962
53,141,227
47.27%
112,423,000
186,512,143
 No
1960
68,838,204
63.06%
109,159,000
180,684,000
 No
1958
45,966,070
44.53%
103,221,000
175,038,232
 No
1956
58,434,811
54.92%
106,408,890
168,903,000
 No
1954
42,509,905
43.15%
98,527,000
162,725,667
 No
1952
57,582,333
59.69%
96,466,000
157,022,000
 No
1950
40,253,267
42.64%
94,403,000
151,325,798
 No
1948
45,839,622
48.10%
95,310,150
146,631,000
 No
1946
34,279,158
38.78%
88,388,000
142,049,065
 No

Presidential

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfil a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2012
129,067,662
193,653,908
53.57%
240,926,957
312,780,968
 No
2008
70.33%
133,944,538
190,461,401
57.47%
233,087,000
303,824,640
 No
2004
86.08%
122,295,345
142,070,000
62.08%
197,006,000
293,027,571
2.70%
 No
2000
81.47%
105,543,316
129,549,000
51.28%
205,815,000
284,970,789
0.13%
 No
1996
82.26%
105,017,000
127,661,000
54.23%
193,651,000
265,679,000
 No
1992
89.96%
113,866,000
126,578,000
61.32%
185,684,000
255,407,000
 No
1988
86.20%
102,224,000
118,589,000
57.40%
178,098,000
245,057,000
 No
1984
87.75%
101,878,000
116,106,000
59.94%
169,963,000
236,681,000
 No
1980
88.60%
93,066,000
105,035,000
59.25%
157,085,000
227,738,000
 No
1976
88.68%
86,698,000
97,761,000
59.16%
146,548,000
218,035,000
 No
1972
87.09%
85,766,000
98,480,000
62.92%
136,302,000
208,840,000
 No
1968
89.66%
73,211,875
81,658,180
60.84%
120,328,186
200,710,000
 No
1964
95.83%
70,644,592
73,715,818
61.92%
114,090,000
192,119,000
 No
1960
68,838,219
63.06%
109,159,000
180,684,000
 No
1956
62,026,908
58.29%
106,408,890
168,903,000
 No
1952
61,551,118
60.31%
102,064,300
157,022,000
 No
1948
48,692,442
51.09%
95,310,150
146,631,000
 No