This month we are releasing the latest installment in our America Goes to the Polls series. These reports track national turnout and voting trends among eligible voters in presidential and midterm elections. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout comparisons based on official turnout data. Additionally, our America Goes to the Polls supplements on voter participation gaps analyze and explain prominent turnout gaps like age, household income, mobility, and race/ethnicity.
For example, 42 million fewer voters cast ballots in the 2010 midterm than in the 2008 presidential election. In 2010, Maine overtook Minnesota as the number one state in voter turnout–Minnesota had been first in turnout in the last seven national elections–while Texas finished last. An estimated 27-29% of voters cast ballots early in 2010, well above the 19% who voted early in 2006.
Get ready for the release of America Goes to the Polls 2014 by browsing our full America Goes to the Polls series.