Community Engagement
Voter Registration Rate

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Voter Registration Rate

What does this measure?

The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that is registered to vote.

Why is this important?

Voter registration is a gauge of interest and participation in the political process.

How is the region performing?

Between 80% and 86% of the Mid-Hudson Valley region's voting-age population has been registered to vote since 2000, consistent with the state (excluding NYC) rates (81% to 87%). Voter registration in the region stayed consistent for the 2020 presidential election, with 85% of residents registering to vote similar to 2016. The 2020 rate in Columbia County, at 95%, was the highest in the region with Dutchess the lowest at 82%.

Notes about the data

Comparable national data are not available.

Voter Registration Rate
Columbia County83%86%88%82%86%89%90%91%93%86%86%86%86%86%86%86%90%89%93%95%95%
Dutchess County76%74%75%74%80%78%79%76%81%78%79%77%80%79%80%78%83%80%83%82%82%
Greene County86%83%84%83%86%84%84%80%82%79%81%79%81%79%80%79%83%81%83%85%85%
Orange County83%79%81%76%82%80%82%77%83%80%81%78%81%80%81%79%84%82%84%83%83%
Putnam County90%90%86%83%90%90%88%83%87%82%83%81%84%82%83%81%87%85%87%87%86%
Sullivan County92%94%95%97%101%102%102%100%102%84%85%86%81%83%86%86%90%85%88%89%89%
Ulster County83%84%85%87%92%85%84%86%88%83%84%85%88%81%79%81%86%83%87%89%89%
NYS (excluding NYC)85%84%84%83%87%86%86%83%87%83%84%81%84%82%82%81%86%84%86%86%86%

Source: New York State Board of Elections
Notes: Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over.

Number of Registered Voters
Columbia County39,80941,07042,59340,03842,44543,81544,30145,39746,18243,00943,34843,05243,32543,40243,56642,98944,59844,05246,13747,12847,128
Dutchess County159,846159,014162,969161,627176,740174,716176,956172,163185,948179,927183,792179,944187,948184,958187,756184,701196,214191,086197,843196,708196,708
Greene County31,90330,67031,35931,14932,85232,65832,95231,59432,59331,51032,12931,27232,33531,39731,86631,04232,81132,03732,89533,71933,719
Orange County200,786196,418202,482194,819211,585210,238215,017204,050221,639215,375219,578213,054223,166220,391223,490220,865236,241232,124240,218239,468239,468
Putnam County63,39564,48262,39860,88465,99266,78065,34861,48365,29662,17363,42462,41264,94363,58564,57363,95368,25167,12668,85068,60468,604
Sullivan County51,11852,62953,61855,39558,43159,95860,18559,68561,12350,20250,82751,53148,74150,03750,97850,61052,71950,39452,17652,92252,922
Ulster County112,805115,389117,963121,431130,151121,194120,793124,130127,643120,311122,674124,185128,686118,838115,899118,339126,288122,421127,597130,112130,112
NYS (excluding NYC)7,007,4176,928,6557,009,2596,920,1827,342,6477,235,8617,251,8517,076,0427,416,3807,170,1357,257,7827,069,9087,328,7707,166,1207,238,1107,149,7727,565,8887,408,4377,568,1027,599,5937,599,593

Source: New York State Board of Elections

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing