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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 2016 for the United States and focuses on the voting aged citizen population.

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Percent Voted in 2016

State
United States
Year
2016


Voting rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections than in congressional election years. For example the national voting rate in 2016 -a Presidential election- was 61.4 percent while the national voting rate in 2014 -a Congressional election- was 41.9 percent. For 2016 the voting rate in Alabama (57.4 percent) was lower than the national voting rate of 61.4 percent.

Voting and registration in congressional elections in United States

Voting and registration in presidential elections in United States

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Voting and registration rates tend to increase with age. In the United States in 2016 only 43.0 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds voted, compared with 70.9 percent of those 65 and older. In Alabama in 2016, 42.7 percent of 18-to 24-year olds voted, which was not statistically different from the national average.

Voting and registration by age in United States: 2016

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In many elections, women vote at higher rates than men. In 2016 this was the case in the United States, where the voting rate was 63.3 percent for women, compared to 59.3 for men. This was not necessarily the case for the 2016 election in Alabama where voting rates for men and women were not statistically different.

Voting and registration by sex in United States: 2016

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Voting and registration rates tend to increase with education. In 2016 in the United States, the voting rate for citizens with at least a bachelor's degree was 76.3 compared to 34.3 percent for those who had not received a high school diploma. In Alabama people with at least a bachelor's degree had a voting rate of 73.7 percent (not significantly different from national voting rate for those with a bachelor's or higher).

Voting and registration by education in United States: 2016

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Voting rates also typically vary by race and Hispanic origin. In 2016 in the United States, the voting rate for Non-Hispanic Whites was 65.3 while only 59.4 percent of Blacks and 47.6 percent of Hispanics voted. Blacks living in Alabama had voting rates that were not significantly different from the national average for their group. Hispanics living in Alabama had voting rates that were not significantly different from the national average for their group.

Voting and registration by race in United States: 2016

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