Turnout as a Percentage of Voting-Age Population in Five Types of Texas Elections and Presidential Elections Nationwide, 1970-2016

Turnout as a Percentage of Voting-Age Population in Five Types of Texas Elections and Presidential Elections Nationwide, 1970-2016

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categoryPresidential Elections-NationalPresidential Elections-TexasGubernatorial ElectionsPresidential PrimariesGubernatorial PrimariesSpecial Constitutional Elections
1970nullnull31.12null15.59null
1971nullnullnullnullnullnull
197255.2144.90null29.84nullnull
1973nullnullnullnullnullnull
1974nullnull19.99null19.21null
1975nullnullnullnullnullnull
197653.5546.14null21.37nullnull
1977nullnullnullnullnull6.22
1978nullnull25.29null21.04null
1979nullnullnullnullnull4.61
198052.5645.55null19.10nullnull
1981nullnullnullnullnull8.07
1982nullnull29.82null14.81null
1983nullnullnullnullnull6.91
198453.1147.55null15.86nullnull
1985nullnullnullnullnull8.24
1986nullnull29.05null13.85null
1987nullnullnullnullnull18.61
198850.1144.34null22.73nullnull
1989nullnullnullnullnull9.33
1990nullnull31.08null18.70null
1991nullnullnullnullnull16.16
199255.0947.64null17.65nullnull
1993nullnullnullnullnull8.52
1994nullnull33.62null12.19null
1995nullnullnullnullnull5.55
199649.0840.97null14.17nullnull
1997nullnullnullnullnull8.45
1998nullnull26.53null8.95null
1999nullnullnullnullnull6.69
200051.3044.25null13.22nullnull
2001nullnullnullnullnull5.58
2002nullnull29.35null10.62null
2003nullnullnullnullnull9.31
200455.4046.11null9.49nullnull
2005nullnullnullnullnull13.82
2006nullnull26.44null6.99null
2007nullnullnullnullnull6.31
200856.9045.55null23.89nullnull
2009nullnullnullnullnull5.77
2010nullnull25.74null11.60null
2011nullnullnullnullnull3.80
201253.6043.70null11.20nullnull
2013nullnullnullnullnull6.14
2014nullnull24.3null11.60null
2015nullnullnullnullnull8.00
201654.7046.25null12.35nullnull

Texas loves elections. Or so it would seem, judging by the sheer number of them. Ignoring municipal and other local elections, Texas holds at least one statewide election every year and typically several. But judging by participation in them, Texans hate elections. This chart shows that turnout in every type of election in Texas is lower than turnout nationwide in presidential elections which averaged 52.5 percent during this period. Turnout in Texas presidential elections is routinely higher than other types of state elections, though, averaging 45.2 percent. Gubernatorial election turnout averages only 28.4 percent while presidential and gubernatorial primary turnout is lower yet averaging 18.2 percent and 15.0 percent respectively. Special constitutional elections in which voters decide on changes to the Texas constitution epitomize the electoral turn-off, averaging a dismal 8.7 percent.