WASHINGTON, D.C. - One last result from last Tuesday’s election just came in – voter turnout. It was way down.
According to the initial estimates from the United States Election Project, 36.3 percent of the voting-eligible population participated in the 2014 midterm elections. If those numbers hold up, that will be lowest turnout in a federal election since Election Day 1942. The country was kind of busy that day, what with a world war and everything.
In the 2012 general election, turnout was 58.2 percent. Midterms always bring out fewer voters. Here’s the recent history of turnout in midterms:
As you can see, the decline this year is not trivial.
The top five states, according to these initial estimates, are
The bottom five are:
New York 28.8%
Compared to 2012, the electorate this year was older and whiter. That is the top talking point in the Democratic post-game show: our voters turn out in general elections, not midterms, just you wait till 2016. Maybe.
The day after the election, President Obama said, ““[T]o everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”
I believe we’ve heard that before.
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