Election Day Turnout From State-to-State

BY Terence Burlij  November 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM EDT

vote2010_blog.jpgHere is a quick early look at turnout in some of the key states we’re watching this Election Day:

KENTUCKY

Per Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State:

“Turnout across the state is steady, and for a midterm election that’s pretty good. We seem to be right in line with our projection of 48% turnout statewide. We are seeing increased turnout in the urban areas, which is kind of what we had expected, particularly in Louisville area.”

“To give some context, the last four comparable midterm election cycles were 48 percent turnout, except for in 2006 when it was 49.5 percent.”

Polls in Kentucky close at 7 p.m. ET.

OHIO

Kevin Kidder in the Secretary of State’s office said that turnout was “moderate” and “steady.” Election officials are projecting a 52 percent turnout, which would be down from 56 percent in 2006, but still better than the 47 percent seen in 2002.

Polls in Ohio close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

ILLINOIS

Voter turnout in the Land of Lincoln is “good,” according to Rupert Borgsmiller with the State Board of Elections. Officials expect turnout to be near 50 percent, driven mainly by excitement surrounding the gubernatorial and Senate contests.

The record turnout in Illinois for a midterm was 1982 when 65 percent of voters cast their ballots. The lowest mark came in 2006 when just 48 percent voted.

Polls in Illinois close at 8 p.m. ET.

COLORADO

The Rocky Mountain state is home to one of the midterm’s key Senate contests and also has a competitive three-way race for governor. “We already have 1.1 million ballots in the door and are expecting 1.7 or 1.8 million will be cast by this evening,” said Rich Coolidge, communications director for the Secretary of State.

That would be a slight increase from 2006 when 1.6 million votes were cast.

Polls in Colorado close at 9 p.m. ET.

WISCONSIN

Per Reid Magney, public information officer for the state’s Government Accountability Board:

“So far, turnout has been heavy everywhere in Wisconsin except Milwaukee, where it has been average.”

For those interested in keeping track, the board will be updating turnout information on Twitter at #wivote.

Polls in Wisconsin close at 9 p.m. ET.

NEVADA

Voter turnout in the the state with the marquee Senate race of the cycle is expected to fall between 60 and 65 percent of active registered voters, according to public information officer Pam DuPre in the Secretary of State’s office. DuPre called the early vote totals “strong” and projected that more than half the overall turnout will come from early and absentee votes.

More from DuPre: “Total turnout in 2006 was 59 percent of total number of active registered voters. This year, we’re expecting slightly higher turnout. In 2006, 25 percent of all active registered voters voted early. This year, 34 percent of all active registered voters voted early.”

Polls in Nevada close at 10 p.m. ET.

CALIFORNIA

In the Golden state elections are run by the counties, but the Secretary of State’s office did share that average turnout for a midterm election was 60 percent.

The Field Poll projected today that turnout for this election would be 55 percent.

Polls in California close at 11 p.m. ET.

WASHINGTON STATE

Per David Ammons, spokesman for the Elections Division:

“We expect to have in-house and tallied tonight about 60 percent of the overall turnout. We expect 2.4 million ballots to be returned after all is said and done. That is 66 percent of registered voters in Washington. We have 3.6 million registered voters making us the second largest state in the West after California.”

“That’s a record. It’s the best midterm participation in 40 years for us. We had 85 percent turnout for the presidential election in 2008, but participation is usually way off when we don’t have a presidential or gubernatorial race.”

Polls in Washington close at 11 p.m. ET.

Quinn Bowman and Elizabeth Summers contributed to this report.