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Numbers to beat: A recent history of voter turnout in Michigan

A stacked bar graph breaks down the votes of the Michigan voting-age population, and includes info on those who didn't vote and/or weren't registered.
Kaye LaFond
Michigan Radio
Midterm elections always draw fewer voters to the polls than presidential elections, but 2014 saw the lowest midterm voter turnout in Michigan in 24 years. Click image to enlarge.

If not voting was a candidate in Michigan's general elections, it would win a lot. The chart above breaks down how Michiganders voted — or didn't — in the last six general elections. 

Midterm elections always draw fewer voters to the polls than presidential years. But, even by midterm standards, Michigan's 2014 voter turnout was unimpressive. It was the lowest it had been in 24 years — since 1990. We published a story and graph on that back then.

We also published a piece in 2014 calling out the counties with the highest and lowest voter turnout that year. If you want to take a closer look at your county's voter turnout last midterm, here's an interactive map we've created:

Which county will see the biggest change in turnout this year? Will "not voting" win again? We'll be updating these graphics after Tuesday.


Kaye is an alumnus of Michigan Tech's environmental engineering program. She got her start making maps for the Traverse City-Based water news organization Circle of Blue, and, since then, she's been pretty devoted to science communication and data visualization.
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