Voter Participation Rate
What does this measure?
The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that actually voted in an election.
Why is this important?
Voting is a basic responsibility of all citizens and an indication of the citizenry's interest in and commitment to participating in our political process.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Voter turnout in the 2014 midterm election was 33% in Dutchess County, the same as Orange and the state (excluding NYC), and lower than in Ulster County (37%). This is down from 38% in the two previous midterm elections (2010 and 2006).
Notes about the data
Voter turnout was calculated using votes cast in the top race on the ballot. Turnout was not reported in non-presidential, non-gubernatorial years since data were not readily available. Comparable national data were only available in presidential years.