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Cover Image: Voter Turnout in the United States 1788-2009
  • Date: 10/15/2010
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $230.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60426-595-8
  • Pages: 907

  • Format: Online
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Voter Turnout in the United States 1788-2009
Curtis Gans, American University

Find out how voter turnout has turned the tide of countless elections and thereby American history, from the White House to your local district


Based on meticulous research on participation in U.S. elections dating back to 1788, this important new work provides comprehensive turnout statistics for general and  primary elections for presidential, congressional, and state gubernatorial races. Extensive graphs and tables detail over two centuries of trends:


  • Turnout data presented in 20-year periods
  • Voter turnout by party affiliation
  • State level data


Voter turnout—the percentage of eligible citizens who cast ballots in a given election— offers insight into the health of American democracy at any given moment in time or over a span of years. Ideal for elections scholars and researchers at academic, community college, and public libraries, Voter Turnout in the United States will be a must-have reference for those interested in American elections and civic participation in politics.


Key Features

  • Annual state-by-state voter turnout statistics date back to the early years of the republic during the rise of mass electoral behavior
  • Turnout for presidential, U.S. Senate and state gubernatorial elections, plus aggregate state-level data for U.S. House elections
  • Election law changes that impact voting trends
  • Figures and graphs with aggregate trends in participation rates over time
"Because of its focus, this work is an excellent companion to other voting related titles, such as CQ's America at the Polls and the ongoing America Votes. It would be a good addition to academic and public library collections." - Booklist

"For general reference collections, and for political science and history collections in particular, this is a work without peer." - Choice

"Accessible and revealing." - Library Journal
Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2011
Curtis Gans, American University
Curtis Gans is Director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. As director of the Committee, Gans is the acknowledged ranking expert on voter turnout and participation.
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