Voter Turnout in the U.S.: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


One of the hallmarks of democratic societies is the right to vote, yet voter turnout varies from nation to nation and from election to election. Voter turnout in the U.S. has declined since its post-World War II peak in the 1960s, dropping to a low of about 50% in the 1996 presidential election. Although the exercises in this guide will not help to understand why people choose to vote or not vote, we can gain a slightly better understanding of who votes by examining the demographic characteristics of voters.

The goal of this guide is to explore differences in U.S. voter turnout across demographic characteristics such as age, race, income, and education. Crosstabulation will be used.

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