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2002 General Election Turnout Rates

Last Updated: 12/28/11

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Please see the FAQ for information on the construction of these statistics. Turnout data are culled from state electon websites. The demoninator data reflect the July 1, 2002 and 2003 voting-age population estimates (2010 intercensal adjustments) interpolated to Nov. 2002, non-citizen estimates are interpolated from 2000 Census and the 2006 American Community Survey interpolated to Nov. 2002, the year end-year 2002 DOJ prison report and the end-year 2002 DOJ probation and parole report. The overseas eligible estimate is recently updated with data provided by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Note that these data provide preliminary estimates of the turnout and voting-eligible population for the November, 2002 election. These statistics are updated continually as new data become available.

VEP Turnout Rate <recommended statistic> is the vote for highest office divided by the voting-eligible population or VEP. In a midterm election, the vote for highest office is the highest vote tally for Governor, U.S. Senator, or combined House of Representatives. The voting-eligible population is the best estimate of the number of people eligible to vote.
VEP Total Ballots Counted Turnout Rate is the total ballots counted divded by the voting-eligible population. The total ballots cast includes blank and other such ballots, but does not include rejected provisional ballots. This would be the preferred turnout rate statistic, but all states do not report total ballots cast. An adjustment based on the ratio of votes for highest office to the tital ballots cast for the states that report both numbers has been applied to the national highest office to estimate the U.S. total turnout rate.
VAP Rate is the vote for highest office divided by the voting-age population, all residents age 18 and older. Although not recommended, this statistic is provided for organizations such as polling firms that sample the voting-age population.

Again, please see the FAQ for more information.

State
VEP
Highest
Office
Turnout
Rate

VEP
Total
Ballots
Counted
Turnout
Rate
VAP
Turnout
Rate
VAP
%
Non-citizen
Prison
Probation
Parole
Total
Ineligible Felon
Overseas Eligible
VEP
Highest Office
Total
Turnout
United States 39.5% 40.5% 36.3% 215,461,549 8.0% 1,456,927 2,451,708 485,282 3,168,063 3,308,145 198,381,939 78,381,943 80,295,249
Alabama 41.5% 40.4% 3,371,451 1.8% 28,440 39,713 5,309 53,606 3,285,643 1,364,602
Alaska 54.2% 54.5% 51.0% 457,154 3.8% 4,431 5,229 900 7,946 427,337 231,484 232,852
Arizona 35.9% 36.7% 30.7% 3,998,148 11.1% 30,741 66,485 4,587 68,571 3,419,481 1,226,111 1,255,615
Arkansas 41.3% 41.7% 39.7% 2,031,787 2.6% 12,378 27,377 12,128 38,195 1,951,568 805,696 814,176
California 36.1% 37.3% 29.0% 25,622,609 18.8% 163,361 0 113,185 276,546 20,733,192 7,476,351 7,738,821
Colorado 46.3% 46.6% 42.0% 3,362,098 7.2% 19,085 0 6,215 25,300 3,056,465 1,416,093 1,424,029
Connecticut 42.3% 45.1% 38.9% 2,617,814 7.1% 20,525 0 2,186 22,711 2,418,037 1,022,942 1,090,756
Delaware 41.1% 37.9% 612,919 4.4% 6,879 20,201 551 17,531 564,938 232,314
District of Columbia 30.1% 27.1% 458,631 10.0% 0 0 0 0 412,062 124,228
Florida 45.6% 45.9% 39.5% 13,005,435 10.9% 80,352 291,315 5,223 231,233 11,194,391 5,100,581 5,143,674
Georgia 35.4% 32.2% 6,287,215 6.5% 47,004 367,349 20,822 251,501 5,731,983 2,031,604
Hawaii 43.8% 44.2% 40.2% 950,520 8.0% 5,635 0 0 5,635 872,992 382,110 385,462
Idaho 44.7% 45.2% 42.0% 970,916 4.0% 5,825 31,361 1,961 23,467 921,256 411,477 416,533
Illinois 41.4% 42.8% 37.7% 9,302,571 8.9% 43,186 0 0 43,186 8,540,965 3,538,883 3,651,808
Indiana 33.9% 33.3% 4,587,747 2.6% 22,576 0 0 22,576 4,494,191 1,521,353
Iowa 47.9% 48.7% 45.7% 2,214,936 2.5% 8,395 19,970 2,787 21,167 2,136,683 1,023,075 1,040,201
Kansas 44.0% 44.9% 41.4% 2,007,407 4.1% 9,009 15,217 3,990 20,608 1,897,261 835,692 851,966
Kentucky 37.2% 36.4% 3,100,972 1.7% 16,377 24,480 5,968 34,585 3,044,267 1,131,313
Louisiana 39.4% 40.1% 37.8% 3,312,330 1.7% 36,091 36,257 23,049 77,269 3,163,663 1,246,333 1,267,225
Maine 50.8% 50.1% 1,001,796 1.6% 0 0 0 0 995,056 505,190
Maryland 46.3% 46.8% 41.6% 4,082,694 6.9% 24,186 81,982 13,271 78,448 3,678,346 1,704,560 1,721,626
Massachusetts 49.2% 49.8% 44.4% 4,919,958 8.2% 10,511 0 0 10,511 4,458,820 2,194,189 2,220,301
Michigan 44.5% 45.0% 42.3% 7,445,335 3.4% 49,524 0 0 49,524 7,147,888 3,177,565 3,219,864
Minnesota 64.1% 59.7% 3,745,577 3.8% 7,612 122,692 3,577 72,535 3,518,184 2,254,639
Mississippi 30.1% 29.2% 2,099,698 1.1% 20,542 16,633 1,816 30,675 2,047,426 615,609
Missouri 45.6% 43.9% 4,262,146 1.9% 30,649 54,584 13,533 71,474 4,116,889 1,877,620
Montana 48.4% 49.7% 47.7% 690,652 1.0% 3,440 0 0 3,440 684,572 331,321 340,272
Nebraska 39.9% 37.3% 1,285,024 3.8% 4,103 16,468 574 12,911 1,204,512 480,991
Nevada 36.2% 36.8% 31.1% 1,640,679 12.7% 10,527 12,290 3,971 20,643 1,391,100 504,079 512,433
New Hampshire 48.1% 48.7% 46.0% 960,401 3.0% 2,483 0 0 2,483 930,362 447,135 453,078
New Jersey 38.1% 38.9% 32.6% 6,448,445 11.5% 28,213 134,290 12,576 107,934 5,549,726 2,112,604 2,161,105
New Mexico 38.6% 40.0% 35.7% 1,360,130 7.0% 6,173 16,287 1,962 16,279 1,255,086 484,229 502,230
New York 36.1% 37.0% 31.4% 14,504,792 12.6% 65,914 0 55,990 121,904 12,679,865 4,579,078 4,690,968
North Carolina 39.7% 37.2% 6,314,679 5.0% 33,334 112,900 2,805 92,589 5,876,705 2,331,181
North Dakota 48.5% 49.8% 47.6% 486,797 1.2% 1,168 0 0 1,168 476,251 231,030 237,224
Ohio 38.8% 40.3% 37.6% 8,556,557 1.9% 45,831 0 0 45,831 8,322,521 3,228,992 3,356,285
Oklahoma 41.2% 39.6% 2,610,016 3.3% 23,004 29,881 3,573 41,518 2,513,143 1,035,620
Oregon 50.8% 51.8% 47.2% 2,674,581 6.7% 12,422 0 0 12,422 2,495,739 1,267,221 1,293,756
Pennsylvania 38.8% 37.3% 9,454,338 2.6% 40,545 0 0 40,545 9,143,001 3,545,431
Rhode Island 44.7% 45.4% 40.1% 819,310 7.4% 3,569 25,914 384 16,910 741,776 331,834 337,027
South Carolina 36.9% 35.6% 3,100,548 2.6% 24,247 41,574 3,491 48,525 2,982,810 1,102,010
South Dakota 60.7% 61.2% 59.7% 564,305 1.3% 3,059 0 0 3,059 556,154 337,497 340,407
Tennessee 39.6% 37.3% 4,393,757 2.5% 25,409 42,712 7,949 54,714 4,151,834 1,644,741
Texas 34.2% 34.5% 28.8% 15,718,593 12.1% 164,222 434,486 103,068 484,533 13,181,016 4,514,012 4,552,059
Utah 37.0% 37.8% 35.0% 1,601,707 6.5% 5,594 0 0 5,594 1,504,529 557,153 568,290
Vermont 48.8% 49.4% 48.1% 472,402 2.1% 0 0 0 0 471,403 230,161 232,993
Virginia 29.0% 32.3% 26.9% 5,536,511 6.0% 34,733 40,359 4,530 59,443 5,138,270 1,489,422 1,661,915
Washington 41.8% 43.5% 37.9% 4,553,733 7.3% 16,284 171,603 95 102,181 4,162,032 1,739,116 1,808,720
West Virginia 31.2% 31.5% 30.8% 1,413,580 0.6% 4,703 6,430 999 8,917 1,398,124 436,183 440,156
Wisconsin 45.4% 43.2% 4,094,028 2.6% 22,366 54,614 11,088 60,761 3,908,088 1,775,349
Wyoming 50.1% 50.8% 49.2% 376,121 1.6% 1,809 4,596 570 4,677 370,488 185,459 188,028