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 Subject: US Voter Turnout Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events Asked by: jlneedham-ga List Price: \$2.00 Posted: 09 Nov 2004 10:20 PST Expires: 09 Dec 2004 10:20 PST Question ID: 426687
 ```What percentage of eligible voters participated in the recent US presidential election and what was the percentage increase over the 2000 election?```
 ```For 2000, refer to http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html The percentage of eligible voters who voted was 51.3% The percentage of registered voters who voted was 67.5% For 2004, refer to http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922901.html The total number of votes cast was 115.7 million. To get the number of eligible voters, take the census data shown in the first reference above for 1990-2000 and extrapolate to 2004. This gives 213.8 million eligible voters in 2004. Alternatively, if you'd rather take the Census Bureau's estimate: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/002957.html the number is 217.8 million. Well, let's believe the Census Bureau... Then: The percentage of eligible voters who voted was 53.1% The percentage of registered voters who voted does not seem to be available as yet--it probably hasn't been fully counted yet! Now for the "percentage increase," I have to interpret what you want. Literally, the percentage increase in the percentage voting is (53.1-51.3)/51.3 = 3.5%. If however, you want to know the increase in the number of votes cast, it's (115.7-105.6)/105.6 = 9.6%. (The eligible voting population has increased by an estimated 5.8%.) These number are just a little bit slippery, depending on how reliable you take the source data to be. For 2004, final counts may not be complete, especially where provisional and absentee ballots are not fully counted and validity of voter registration is not final. Hopefully the 2000 numbers are a bit more reliable.```