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Voting and Registration



The Current Population Survey collects data on voting and voter registration in November of even-numbered years, and has done so since 1964. It provides information about voting and registration by many characteristics, including age, sex, race, and education. Because the data are from a survey, they are subject to sampling error. This report highlights elections held between 1996 and 2014 for the United States and focuses on the voting aged citizen population.

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Percent Voted in 2014

State
United States
Year
2014


Voting rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections than in congressional election years. For example the national voting rate in 2014 -a Congressional election- was 41.9 percent while the national voting rate in 2012 -a Presidential election- was 61.8 percent.

Voting and registration in congressional elections in United States

Voting and registration in presidential elections in United States

Source: Current Population Survey, Voting and Registration Supplement

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Voting and registration rates tend to increase with age. In the United States in 2014 only 17.1 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds voted, compared with 59.4 percent of those 65 and older.

Voting and registration by age in United States: 2014

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In many elections, women vote at higher rates than men. In 2014 this was the case in the United States, where the voting rate was 43.0 percent for women, compared to 40.8 for men.

Voting and registration by sex in United States: 2014

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Voting and registration rates tend to increase with education. In 2014 in the United States, the voting rate for citizens with at least a bachelor's degree was 56.3 compared to 22.2 percent for those who had not received a high school diploma.

Voting and registration by education in United States: 2014

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Voting rates also typically vary by race and Hispanic origin. In 2014 in the United States, the voting rate for Non-Hispanic Whites was 45.8 while only 39.7 percent of Blacks and 27.0 percent of Hispanics voted.

Voting and registration by race in United States: 2014

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Census | Last Revised: Feb 28, 2012