Voter Registration Rate
What does this measure?
The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that is registered to vote.
Why is this important?
Voter registration is a gauge of interest and participation in the political process.
How is the region performing?
Between 78% and 84% of the Mid-Hudson Valley region's voting-age population has been registered to vote since 2000, consistently lower than state (excluding NYC) rates. Similar to state and regional trends, voter registration in the region increased for the 2008 presidential election between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, with 84% of residents registering to vote. Registration decreased for the 2013 general election with 79% of residents registered to vote, compared to 82% statewide (excluding NYC). While Ulster County has consistently had the highest voter registration rate in the region since 2001 - ranging from 83% to 92% - this was down to 79% in 2014, tied with Dutchess and below Orange (80%).
Notes about the data
Comparable national data are not available.