Last month we looked at a control chart of voter turnout percentages since 1960, the first year that all 50 states voted in a US presidential election.
Last month’s chart demonstrated that the percentage of those eligible to vote in the US who actually vote in presidential elections has averaged less than 60%. According to Pew Research Center, that is lower than most established democracies. What were voter turnout percentages the first half of the century? Would you expect that they were higher or lower than recent elections? Or, do you think voter turnout has been a stable process for a century? Here’s a control chart based on data from the last 25 presidential elections.
What is your prediction for the voter turnout rate of the 2016 election?