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 saw an uptick for the 2016 presidential election, with 85% of residents registering to vote compared to 83% in 2012. The 2018 rate in Columbia County, at 93%, was the highest in the region with Dutchess and Greene both the lowest at 83%.

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%
Dutchess County76%74%75%74%80%78%79%76%81%78%79%77%80%79%80%78%83%80%83%
Greene County86%83%84%83%86%84%84%80%82%79%81%79%81%79%80%79%83%81%83%
Orange County83%79%81%76%82%80%82%77%83%80%81%78%81%80%80%79%84%82%84%
Putnam County90%90%86%83%90%90%88%83%87%82%83%81%84%82%83%81%87%85%87%
Sullivan County92%94%95%97%101%102%102%100%102%84%85%86%81%83%86%86%90%85%88%
Ulster County83%84%85%87%92%85%84%86%88%83%84%85%88%81%79%81%86%83%87%
NYS (excluding NYC)85%84%84%83%87%86%86%83%87%83%84%81%84%82%82%81%86%84%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 County39,80941,07042,59340,03842,44543,81544,30145,39746,18243,00943,34843,05243,32543,40243,56642,98944,59844,05246,137
Dutchess County159,846159,014162,969161,627176,740174,716176,956172,163185,948179,927183,792179,944187,948184,958187,756184,701196,214191,086197,843
Greene County31,90330,67031,35931,14932,85232,65832,95231,59432,59331,51032,12931,27232,33531,39731,86631,04232,81132,03732,895
Orange County200,786196,418202,482194,819211,585210,238215,017204,050221,639215,375219,578213,054223,166220,391223,490220,865236,241232,124240,218
Putnam County63,39564,48262,39860,88465,99266,78065,34861,48365,29662,17363,42462,41264,94363,58564,57363,95368,25167,12668,850
Sullivan County51,11852,62953,61855,39558,43159,95860,18559,68561,12350,20250,82751,53148,74150,03750,97850,61052,71950,39452,176
Ulster County112,805115,389117,963121,431130,151121,194120,793124,130127,643120,311122,674124,185128,686118,838115,899118,339126,288122,421127,597
NYS (excluding NYC)7,007,4176,928,6557,009,2596,920,1827,342,6477,235,8617,251,8517,076,0427,416,3807,170,1357,257,7827,069,9087,328,7707,166,1207,238,1107,149,7727,565,8887,408,4377,568,102

Source: New York State Board of Elections

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
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 Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
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 Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
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 Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing