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 Ulster County performing?
Ulster County has the highest level of voter participation in the region, while also exceeding the participation rate in the state (excluding NYC). In the 2014 midterm election, 37% of the county's eligible voters voted, down from the 2006 and 2010 midterms (at 44% and 42% respectively). Ulster's participation rate is consistently above its neighboring counties of Dutchess and Orange (both 33% in 2014).
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.