Community Engagement
Voter Participation Rate

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Voter Participation Rate

What does this measure?

The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that actually voted in an election.

Why is this important?

Voting is a basic responsibility of all citizens and an indication of the citizenry's interest in and commitment to participating in our political process.

How is the region performing?

In the 2016 presidential election, 57% of the region's eligible voters voted, up from 2012 (53%) but down from 2008 (59%), the turnout rate in 2018 was 10 points lower. Columbia County had the highest rate of voter participation in the region (59% in 2018), followed by Ulster (53%). Sullivan and Orange counties had the lowest turnout in 2018 (41% and 43% respectively).

Notes about the data

Voter turnout was calculated using votes cast in the top race on the ballot. Turnout was not reported in non-presidential, non-gubernatorial years since data were not readily available. Comparable national data are only available in presidential years.

Voter Participation Rate
Columbia County60%48%64%51%64%48%58%42%63%59%
Dutchess County53%36%56%38%59%38%53%33%56%47%
Greene County58%43%59%46%58%42%52%40%56%48%
Orange County53%35%56%35%57%37%51%33%56%43%
Putnam County61%40%63%44%63%43%57%36%62%49%
Sullivan County52%36%54%36%53%36%47%30%52%41%
Ulster County58%42%62%44%62%42%54%37%57%53%
NYS (excluding NYC)57%39%59%40%59%39%53%33%57%45%

Source: Federal Elections Commission, New York State Board of Elections
Notes: Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over. National data only available for presidential years.

Number of People who Voted
Columbia County28,97923,04031,32625,01531,85724,26429,05921,27931,15229,223
Dutchess County112,61477,348124,52085,539133,61988,378123,42477,738132,234113,253
Greene County21,30816,17022,61317,83122,87016,85120,64915,94622,32519,151
Orange County127,97088,121145,71892,974153,649100,047140,62591,147156,666122,484
Putnam County42,81428,96146,72932,34947,46532,74944,24828,04248,86538,513
Sullivan County28,95420,54831,29221,01831,50921,85128,41318,08330,48424,535
Ulster County78,85358,57288,17762,78090,01761,42879,34553,80482,94878,571
NYS (excluding NYC)4,691,7133,275,8734,988,6133,348,3765,080,0493,354,0904,616,4282,894,3785,026,9594,009,747

Source: Federal Elections Commission, New York State Board of Elections
Notes: National data only available for presidential years.

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 Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
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 Decreasing
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 Increasing
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing