Voter Registration and Turnout in Presidential Elections by Year: 1960-1992
- Total VAP refers to the total Voting Age Population as reported
by the Bureau of Census in their Current Population Reports, Series
P-25. It is important to note that the VAP includes all persons
over the age of 18 -- including a significant number of persons who are
ineligible to vote in federal elections including legal and illegal aliens,
persons under sentence of a felony conviction and those individuals who
have been declared non compos mentis by a court of law. The VAP is therefore
considerably larger than the pool of potential voters.
- Total REG refers to the total number of registered voters as
reported by the States where known. These figures may be somewhat inflated
owing to the different purging policies in the States (prior to enactment
of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993) which caused "deadwood"
to remain on the files for extended periods.
- Turnout refers to the vote cast for the highest office on the
ballot. These figures no doubt under-report actual voter participation
since research suggests that approximately 2% of the voters consistently
fail to vote for the highest office.
- N/A means Not Applicable.
- UNK means Unknown.
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registration and turnout figures.