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Voter Registration in the United States, 1968-1988 (ICPSR 9405)

Principal Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


This collection tabulates the number of registered voters who were eligible to cast ballots in biennial national elections in the United States between 1968 and 1988. Its purpose is to furnish additional research data on registration trends, the relationship between registration and voting, and the role and strength of political parties, and the degree of partisan competition. The unit of analysis is the county, and totals of registered voters are presented for all counties in 48 states (North Dakota does not require registration and Wisconsin does not report statewide voter registration figures). If available, county-level totals are also presented for registration by race, major or minor political party, or other similar category (e.g., declined to state, miscellaneous, other, etc.) provided by the reporting agency of the state.

Series: Voter Registration in the United States Series

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Study Description


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. VOTER REGISTRATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1968-1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09405.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09405.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8618482)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    counties, political parties, political partisanship, trends, voter registration, voters, voting behavior, voting patterns

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1968--1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1968--1988

Universe:    The voting age population of the United States from 1968 through 1988.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

official and unofficial voter registration tabulations from state governments


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-03-05


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