With one week until Election Day, more than 80 million people have already voted – more than half of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election– and elections experts predict historic rates of turnout this cycle.
More than 257 million people in the U.S. are 18 or older, and nearly 240 million citizens are eligible to vote this year, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who runs the U.S. Elections Project. Eligible voters include people living overseas but not non-citizens or people convicted of a felony, depending on state law.
It’s possible that 85 million people could vote before Nov. 3, with 150 million voting in total, according to McDonald. That would mean an eligible voter turnout rate of more than 62%.
So, how would that compare to eligible voter turnout rates for past presidential elections?
All presidential elections in the last 50 years, ranked by highest eligible voter turnout rate
- 2008: Barack Obama v John McCain (61.65%)
- 2016: Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton (60.1%)
- 2004: George W. Bush v John Kerry (60.1%)
- 2012: Barack Obama v Mitt Romney (58.6%)
- 1992: Bill Clinton v George W. H. Bush (58.1%)
- 1972: Richard Nixon v George McGovern (56.2%)
- 1984: Ronald Reagan v Walter Mondale (55.2%)
- 1976: Jimmy Carter v Gerald Ford (54.8%)
- 1980: Ronald Reagan v Jimmy Carter (54.2%)
- 2000: George W. Bush v Al Gore (54.2%)
- 1988: George H. W. Bush v Michael Dukakis (52.8%)
- 1996: Bill Clinton v Bob Dole (51.7%)…Read more>>