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Persons Registered to Vote and Persons Voting 2000-2008

What this map layer shows:

The percentage of voting age persons registered to vote and the percentage of those who actually voted, by State. This includes elections held in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
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The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. It is also used to identify and survey a sampling of those who voted in national elections. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population.

Voting and registration rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections. However, in the 2008 presidential election, 64 percent of voting-age citizens voted, an estimate not statistically different from the percent that turned out in 2004, but higher than the 2000 presidential election. Of the voters registered in 2008, nearly 90% reported that they had voted in the national election.

Citizens Registered
    Registered Voted
Total Total Number Percent Number Percent Percent
2008 225,499 206,072 146,311 71.0 131,144 63.6 89.6
2004 215,694 197,005 142,070 72.1 125,736 63.8 88.5
2000 202,609 197,005 186,366 69.5 110,826 59.5 85.5
Table 1. Reported rates of voting registration: 2000 to 2008 (numbers in thousands)

The Person Registered to Vote and Persons Voting 2000-2008 map layer reports percentages of registered voters and those who actually voted, by State. The rates are given for the nation, states, and counties for the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

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You may also want to download our State Boundaries or County Boundaries, 2001 data files. These can be used with this map layer to create national maps.