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2010 General Election Turnout Rates

Last Updated: 2/4/2012

Please see the FAQ for information on the construction of these statistics. The demoninator data reflect the July 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011 Census Bureau voting-age population estimates interpolated to Nov. 2010, non-citizen estimates from the 2010 and 2011 American Community Surveys interpolated to Nov. 2010, the year-end 2010 DOJ prison report and the year-end 2010 DOJ probation and parole report. Starting in 2010, I report the actual number of felons on probation with no estimated adjustment. Note, a '0' indicates that either a state does not disfranchise a class of felons or the state does not incarcerate felons within their borders. See The Sentencing Project for more information. The overseas eligible estimate is calculated from 2008 overseas citizen estimates provided by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. (Note: prior to 2008, state level turnout statistics are not entirely comparable because no state level overseas estimates were 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 turnout (or total ballots counted) divided by the voting-eligible population. The total ballots cast includes blank and other such ballots, but does not include rejected absentee and provisional ballots. This would be the preferred turnout rate statistic, but all states do not report total ballots cast in this election or in previous elections, so it is not a consistent measure across states or time.
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 that have use for them, 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
Voting-Age Population % Non-
citizen
Prison Probation Parole Total Ineligible Felon Overseas Eligible Voting-Eligible Population Highest Office Total
Ballots Counted
United States 41.0% 41.7% 37.8% 236,022,989 8.6% 1,608,162 1,321,051 629,644 3,244,035 4,972,217 217,498,564 89,099,476 90,732,693
Alabama 43.0% 40.8% 3,661,784 2.8% 31,764 50,622 9,006 86,889 74,079 3,472,784 1,494,273
Alaska 52.1% 52.6% 48.5% 528,744 4.3% 5,597 6,959 2,089 13,601 60,686 492,159 256,192 258,746
Arizona 40.9% 41.5% 35.9% 4,807,398 10.2% 40,130 52,316 7,993 96,443 90,036 4,220,784 1,727,791 1,750,840
Arkansas 37.5% 37.5% 35.3% 2,216,171 3.7% 16,204 26,995 21,106 53,752 43,963 2,081,031 781,333 779,957
California 44.0% 44.9% 35.8% 28,167,234 17.9% 165,062 0 105,133 217,629 486,207 22,921,454 10,095,485 10,302,324
Colorado 50.6% 46.5% 3,843,619 7.4% 22,815 0 11,014 28,322 71,854 3,529,590 1,787,730
Connecticut 45.9% 41.7% 2,765,843 8.3% 19,321 0 2,894 20,768 45,799 2,514,825 1,153,115
Delaware 47.4% 47.9% 44.1% 696,940 5.3% 6,598 4,448 560 11,326 12,658 648,840 307,402 310,946
District of Columbia 28.9% 29.6% 26.2% 506,765 9.3% 0 0 0 0 6,916 459,530 132,656 135,846
Florida 41.8% 42.2% 36.3% 14,916,066 11.4% 104,306 165,760 4,093 272,113 451,907 12,939,596 5,411,106 5,460,573
Georgia 39.9% 40.5% 35.5% 7,255,919 7.4% 56,432 185,286 25,091 254,264 141,001 6,464,406 2,576,161 2,620,146
Hawaii 39.8% 40.1% 36.0% 1,062,593 9.1% 5,912 0 0 5,912 20,090 960,041 382,563 385,385
Idaho 42.2% 42.8% 39.4% 1,147,210 4.6% 7,431 13,721 3,957 23,131 26,779 1,071,526 452,535 459,079
Illinois 42.4% 43.2% 38.3% 9,735,944 9.2% 48,418 0 0 48,418 200,530 8,788,929 3,729,989 3,792,770
Indiana 37.1% 38.0% 35.6% 4,896,656 3.5% 28,028 0 0 28,028 89,605 4,698,660 1,744,481 1,786,213
Iowa 50.0% 50.8% 47.9% 2,328,262 3.2% 9,455 8,862 3,197 19,916 43,108 2,232,917 1,116,063 1,133,429
Kansas 41.7% 39.2% 2,137,815 5.3% 9,051 3,704 5,063 15,287 42,495 2,009,563 838,790
Kentucky 42.4% 44.1% 40.7% 3,332,204 2.4% 20,544 25,688 14,628 53,546 58,518 3,198,138 1,356,468 1,411,695
Louisiana 39.0% 40.0% 36.8% 3,438,247 2.8% 39,445 42,599 26,202 95,145 68,285 3,246,213 1,264,994 1,297,150
Maine 55.2% 54.3% 1,055,605 1.6% 0 0 0 0 21,362 1,038,335 572,766 580,538
Maryland 46.5% 41.8% 4,449,617 8.9% 22,645 26,164 13,195 55,407 77,074 3,999,682 1,857,880
Massachusetts 49.1% 49.6% 44.6% 5,152,976 8.9% 11,312 0 0 11,312 77,830 4,681,091 2,297,039 2,319,963
Michigan 44.5% 45.1% 42.7% 7,555,742 3.5% 44,113 0 0 44,113 163,673 7,248,403 3,226,088 3,268,217
Minnesota 55.4% 55.8% 52.1% 4,041,199 4.5% 9,796 42,661 5,807 55,361 70,063 3,803,802 2,107,021 2,123,369
Mississippi 37.0% 35.5% 2,220,094 1.7% 21,067 26,793 6,434 51,077 45,082 2,131,049 788,549
Missouri 44.5% 42.4% 4,581,260 2.6% 30,623 54,916 19,421 95,250 96,710 4,365,737 1,943,899
Montana 47.5% 48.4% 46.8% 770,601 1.0% 3,716 0 0 3,716 22,898 758,805 360,341 367,096
Nebraska 37.4% 38.1% 35.5% 1,375,023 4.4% 4,587 4,080 941 9,138 27,311 1,305,876 487,988 497,248
Nevada 41.2% 41.3% 35.3% 2,046,400 13.3% 12,653 8,067 4,964 23,202 45,656 1,750,950 721,404 723,515
New Hampshire 45.7% 46.1% 44.2% 1,033,023 2.9% 2,761 0 0 2,761 25,558 1,000,167 456,588 461,423
New Jersey 36.5% 37.8% 31.4% 6,750,869 12.5% 25,007 57,517 15,563 90,306 110,559 5,819,152 2,121,584 2,200,974
New Mexico 42.8% 43.2% 38.8% 1,552,212 7.9% 6,659 14,855 3,146 23,087 31,444 1,407,025 602,827 607,700
New York 35.5% 36.3% 30.8% 15,111,583 12.6% 56,656 0 48,542 80,927 263,787 13,121,745 4,658,586 4,756,679
North Carolina 39.2% 39.8% 36.4% 7,310,093 6.0% 40,116 36,740 3,621 78,667 133,483 6,791,748 2,660,079 2,700,383
North Dakota 46.2% 46.6% 45.3% 527,497 1.6% 1,487 0 0 1,487 11,179 517,347 238,812 240,876
Ohio 45.0% 46.2% 43.6% 8,826,908 2.3% 51,712 0 0 51,712 174,703 8,568,112 3,852,453 3,956,028
Oklahoma 38.8% 36.4% 2,839,030 4.3% 26,252 20,601 2,627 48,167 57,046 2,669,051 1,034,767
Oregon 52.6% 53.8% 48.7% 2,984,806 7.0% 14,014 0 0 14,014 63,480 2,762,313 1,453,548 1,487,210
Pennsylvania 41.7% 40.1% 9,946,290 3.3% 51,264 0 0 51,264 203,791 9,567,164 3,987,551
Rhode Island 44.9% 41.2% 829,913 7.7% 3,357 0 0 3,357 13,827 762,810 342,290
South Carolina 39.7% 40.3% 37.6% 3,571,250 3.8% 23,578 21,144 6,412 47,928 72,241 3,387,826 1,344,198 1,365,480
South Dakota 52.9% 53.9% 51.5% 616,113 1.9% 3,434 0 2,843 4,856 20,144 599,838 317,083 323,410
Tennessee 34.7% 32.8% 4,878,724 3.5% 27,451 52,178 12,157 85,708 127,930 4,621,221 1,601,549
Texas 32.1% 26.9% 18,487,369 13.6% 173,649 247,136 104,763 473,167 549,216 15,492,550 4,979,870
Utah 36.2% 36.8% 33.6% 1,914,974 6.9% 6,807 0 0 6,807 31,783 1,776,843 643,307 653,274
Vermont 49.4% 49.8% 48.5% 498,254 1.8% 0 0 0 0 10,546 489,123 241,605 243,617
Virginia 38.7% 39.1% 35.4% 6,194,717 7.1% 37,410 56,654 2,624 95,376 124,689 5,658,358 2,189,841 2,214,503
Washington 53.1% 54.3% 48.4% 5,190,736 8.3% 18,235 15,452 6,956 37,165 138,296 4,724,989 2,511,094 2,565,589
West Virginia 36.7% 36.1% 1,468,812 0.8% 6,681 6,650 1,796 14,229 33,788 1,442,796 529,948
Wisconsin 52.0% 49.7% 4,365,214 3.1% 22,724 22,602 19,572 55,112 78,721 4,174,726 2,171,331
Wyoming 45.2% 45.8% 43.8% 430,673 1.9% 2,112 3,231 682 5,684 13,832 416,693 188,463 190,822