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Prof: 1968 U.S. voter turnout record still stands

Posted by on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Dr. Michael McDonald of George Mason U. estimates total voter turnout in the U.S. this year at 130.4 million, or 61.2% of the eligible adult population. That's up from the '04 turnout of 60.1% of eligible adults. (Note: Eligible includes registered and un-registered adults 18 and older.) The record, the professor says: In 1968, 62.5% cast votes.

Turnout in North Carolina this year was well above the national average at 66.4%. Good, but not great -- four states were over 70%, led by Minnesota at 77.9%. Maine, Wisconsin and Michigan were the others, in that order. All cold-weather states. What's that about?

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