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 Ulster County performing?
Between 79% and 92% of Ulster County's voting-age population has been registered to vote since 2000, consistently above regional rates and the only county in the region to surpass state (excluding NYC) rate for several years. However, this rate fell to 79% in 2014, a decrease of 10% from 2012. Similar to state and regional trends, voter registration increased for presidential elections, with 92% of eligible county residents registered in 2004 and 88% registered for both 2008 and 2012. In 2014, Ulster's voter registration rate of 79% was the lowest in the region (tied with Dutchess) and slightly below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 82%.
Notes about the data
Comparable national data are not available.