2010 voter turnout rate

Someone asked me during my webcast yesterday to post the 2010 turnout figures. Preliminary turnout figures for the 2010 midterm elections are available here:

http://elections.gmu.edu/Turnout_2010G.html

There are two ways to measure turnout. The VAP method measures the % of the Voter Age Population that turned out to vote. The VEP method measures the % of the Voter Eligible Population that turned out to vote. The VEP is a more accurate measure because it excludes those who are ineligible (noncitizens, felons, etc.) from the calculation.

The VAP for yesterday’s election was 38.2% and the VEP was 41.4%. This is more or less what we would expect, given that the average turnout rate during midterm elections has averaged 40% over the last 50 years or so.

Looks like Maine had the highest VEP rate at 56%, while Texas had the lowest at 32.5%. (District of Colombia 29.7%.)

Looks like Kentucky slightly exceeded the national average, at 43.3% VEP.

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