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 the region performing?
In the 2014 midterm election, 34% of the region's eligible voters voted, down from 38% in the 2010 and 2006 midterms. The turnout rate in 2014 was one point above the state (excluding NYC) rate. Ulster County had the highest rate of voter participation in the region (37% in 2014), followed by Dutchess and Orange counties (both at 33%).
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 are only available in presidential years.