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Michigan Election Returns, 1972: Precinct-Level (ICPSR 62)

Principal Investigator(s): Michigan Department of State


This data collection contains general election aggregate returns for each of Michigan's 6,734 precincts and absentee voter counting boards for the November 7, 1972, general election. Included are votes cast for the national offices of president, United States senator, and United States representative, the state-level offices of Michigan state representative, superintendent of the State Board of Education, Supreme Court justice, and regents for the three major state universities, as well as returns for two statewide initiatives, two amendments to the state constitution, and a statewide referendum. A set of nested geographical codes (for wards, townships or cities, and counties, in addition to precincts) permit aggregation to several levels. Present also for each precinct is the type of voting method in operation in that precinct in 1972 (paper ballot, automatic voting machine, Shoup, and data card).

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Study Description


Michigan Department of State. Michigan Election Returns, 1972: Precinct-Level. ICPSR00062-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00062.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00062.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    congressional elections (US House), congressional elections (US Senate), constitutional amendments, election precincts, election returns, elections, national elections, national politics, presidential elections, referendum, state elections, state politics, vote count, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972-11-07

Universe:    Michigan's 6,734 electoral precincts and absentee voter counting boards in 1972.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

Michigan Department of State, Elections Division

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19



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