Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Voter Turnout in Wisconsin

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While some articles are suggesting a lower national voter turnout rate than 2008, Wisconsin’s voter turnout rate slightly exceeded that of 2008. 69.8% of voting-age adults (3,040,154 people) voted in this year’s Presidential election. President Barack Obama won 52.7% of the Wisconsin vote; GOP challenger Mitt Romney won 46.2%.

The last three presidential elections in Wisconsin have all generated higher turnouts than in any year since 1960.

In fact, in Milwaukee, 87% of registered voters voted. By comparison, 275,042 people voted four years ago, for a 80.3% turnout rate among registered voters. In 2004, 277,535 voters cast their ballots, good for a 69.9% turnout rate among registered voters.

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