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As statistics show, the United States has never had high voter turnout. Where local elections are concerned, the problem is even worse, possibly due in part to the meager coverage these elections get on local television news and in hometown newspapers.

Luckily, the Internet has made getting information on candidates and ballot initiatives much easier. In many states, like Utah, you can even get voter registration forms online.

Below is a state-by-state listing of voter information — just click on your state or use the pull-down menu. At minimum you'll find a list of candidates, ballot initiatives, registration rules and voting day information. But most Web sites have much more. The Michigan Board of Elections site can tell you if you're registered. New York, among others, tells you how much money each candidate raised, and from whom. Washington state offers printable voter guides in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Russian — designed by high school students.





The figures below were collected by the Federal Election Commission for the midterm election of 1998 and the last presidential election in 2000. They represent the percentage of the total voting age population (VAP) that went to the polls. The United States has very high rate of voter registration, averaging 70.6%. Turnout figures are nowhere near as high.

National Average
% of voting age population (VAP) voting in last midterm election (1998) = 36.4% % of voting age population (VAP) voting in last presidential election (2000) = 51.3%

Alabama
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 40%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 50%
State of Alabama Board Elections Division

Alaska
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 50.7%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 66.4%
Alaska State Division of Elections Home Page

Arkansas
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 37.2%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 47.8%
Arkansas Election Web site: ARelections.org

Arizona
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 28.6%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 42.3%
Arizona Secretary of State Election Information

California
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 35.1%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 44.1%
California State Elections and Voter Information

Colorado
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 44.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 56.8%
Colorado Election Center

Connecticut
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 39.1%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 58.4%
Connecticut Election Services

Washington, D.C.
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 33.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 49.1%
District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics

Delaware
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 31.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 56.3%
Delaware Department of Elections

Florida
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 34.3%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 50.6%
Florida Department of Elections

Georgia
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 30.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 43.8%
Georgia Voter Information

Hawaii
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 45.3%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 40.5%
State of Hawaii Office of Elections

Iowa
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 43.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 60.7%
Iowa Voter Center

Idaho
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 42.6%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 54.5%
Idaho Division of Elections`

Illinois
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 38.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 52.8%
Illinois Board of Elections

Indiana
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 36%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 49%
Indiana Election Division

Kansas
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 37.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 54.1%
Kansas Secretary of State

Kentucky
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 38.3%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 51.6%
Kentucky State Board of Elections

Louisiana
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 30.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 54.2%
Louisiana Elections Division

Massachusetts
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 40.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 57.6%
Massachusetts Elections Division

Maryland
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 39.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 51.6%
Maryland State Board of Elections

Maine
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 44%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 67.3%
Maine Division of Elections

Michigan
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 41.7%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 57.5%
Elections in Michigan

Minnesota
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 60%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 68.8%
Minnesota Secretary of State

Missouri
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 39%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 57.5%
Missouri Elections and Voter Information

Mississippi
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 25.7%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 48.6%
Mississippi Elections

Montana
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 51.5%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 61.5%
Montana Election Information

North Carolina
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 35.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 50.3%
North Carolina State Board of Elections

North Dakota
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 44.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 60.4%
Voting in North Dakota

Nebraska
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 44.3%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 56.5%
Nebraska Secretary of State

New Hampshire
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 35.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 62.5%
Voting in New Hampshire

New Jersey
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 29.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 51%
New Jersey Division of Elections

New Mexico
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 39.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 47.4%
New Mexico Division of Elections

New York
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 36.7%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 50.4%
New York State Board of Elections
New York City Voter Assistance Commission

Nevada
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 33.2%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 43.8%
Nevada Elections Division (PACS)

Ohio
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 40.5%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 55.8%
Ohio Elections Services

Oklahoma
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 34.9%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 48.8%
Oklahoma State Election Board

Oregon
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 45%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 60.6%
Oregon Elections Division

Pennsylvania
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 32.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 53.7%
Pennsylvania Commission on Elections

Rhode Island
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 40.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 54.3%
Rhode Island Board of Elections

South Carolina
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 37%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 46.6%
South Carolina State Election Commission

South Dakota
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 49%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 58.2%
South Dakota Elections Information

Tennessee
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 23.7%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 49.2%
Tennessee Division of Elections

Texas
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 26.1%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 43.1%
Texas Elections Division

Utah
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 34.6%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 52.6%
State of Utah Elections Office

Virginia
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 37.1%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 53%
Virginia State Board of Elections

Vermont
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 47.8%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 64%
Vermont Secretary of State: Elections

Washington
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 44.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 56.9%
Washington Secretary of State Election Information

Wisconsin
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 45.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 66.1%
Wisconsin State Elections Board

West Virginia
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 25%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 45.8%
West Virginia Participate in Government

Wyoming
% of VAP voting in 1998 = 49.4%
% of VAP voting in 2000 = 59.7%
Wyoming Election Administration

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