The Corner

Re: Historic Turnout?

I haven’t closely examined the numbers myself, but this is what First Read says:

Highest Turnout Rate Since ‘08 — 1908: Provided the number stands, the turnout rate for yesterday’s election was the highest in 100 years, according to the estimate from turnout guru Dr. Mike McDonald at George Mason University. Almost 137 million (136,631,825) went to the polls — 64.1% of the voting-eligible population. 1960 saw 63.7% of the populace go out to vote; In 1908, 65.7% voted. It was, of course, the most people ever to go to the polls topping 2004’s 122 million. That’s 12% increase from 2004. For those wondering why the current total vote in the presidential adds up to approximately 117 million, note that it’s going to climb. There is still a ton of vote missing on the West coast.

Skepticism on this estimate, via e-mail:


Treat that turnout estimate with skepticism. Where in the world could those 20 million more voters be hiding right now? No way. The west coast is counted. There’s nothing left.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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