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    General Election Voter Registration/Turnout Statistics

     

    Year

    Number Voting[1]

    Number Registered[2]

    Voting Age Population

    (VAP)

    Turnout

    (% of VAP)

    PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEARS

    1948

    2,109,609

    Not Available

    4,041,000

    52.2

    1952

    2,798,592

    Not Available

    4,193,000

    66.7

    1956

    3,080,468

    3,128,573

    4,538,000

    67.9

    1960

    3,318,097

    3,454,804

    4,564,000

    72.7

    1964

    3,203,102

    3,351,730

    4,658,000

    68.8

    1968

    3,306,250

    4,022,378

    4,953,000

    66.8

    1972

    3,490,325

    4,762,764[3]

    5,874,000[4]

    59.4

    1976

    3,722,384

    5,202,379[5]

    6,268,000

    59.4

    1980

    3,978,647

    5,725,713

    6,510,000

    61.1

    1984

    3,884,854

    5,888,808

    6,551,000

    59.3

    1988

    3,745,751

    5,952,513

    6,774,000

    55.3

    1992

    4,341,909

    6,147,083

    6,947,000

    62.5

    1996

    3,912,261

    6,677,079[6]

    7,177,000

    54.5

    2000

    4,279,299

    6,859,332

    7,358,000

    58.2

    2004

    4,875,692

    7,164,047

    7,541,000

    64.7

    2008

    5,039,080

    7,470,764

    7,613,000

    66.2

    2012

    4,780,701

    7,454,553

    7,616,490

    63

     

    Year

    Number Voting[1]

    Number Registered[2]

    Voting Age Population

    (VAP)

    Turnout

    (% of VAP)

    GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION YEARS

    1950

     1,879,382

    Not Available

    4,137,000

    45.4

    1954

     2,187,027

    Not Available

    4,342,000

    50.4

    1958

     2,312,184

    3,489,626

    4,623,000

    50.0

    1962

     2,764,839

    3,710,798

    4,605,000

    60.0

    1966

     2,461,909

    3,613,463

    4,718,000

    52.2

    1970

     2,656,162

    3,969,807

    5,148,000

    51.6

    1974

     2,657,017

    4,785,689

    6,037,000

    44.0

    1978

     2,984,829

    5,230,345

    6,405,000

    46.6

    1982

     3,135,978

    5,624,573

    6,554,000

    47.8

    1986

     2,468,009

    5,790,753

    6,675,000

    37.0

    1990

     2,641,649

    5,892,001[7]

    6,851,000

    38.6

    1994

     3,177,740

    6,207,662

    6,983,000

    45.5

    1998

     3,143,432

    6,300,000[8]

    7,227,000

    43.5

    2002

     3,219,864

    6,797,293

    7,400,000

    43.5

    2006

     3,852,008

    7,180,778

    7,597,000

    50.7

    2010

        3,268,217

        7,276,237   7,620,000 42.9

     


    [1]        As a "poll book total" was not kept prior to 1976, the turnout figures for elections held between 1948 and 1974 are based on the greatest number of votes cast for any office in the election.

    [2]        A registration figure for the state was not compiled for elections held prior to 1956.

    [3]        The large increase in the number of registered voters in the state from 1970 to 1972 was the result of a March 1972 Michigan Supreme Court ruling which declared that it was unconstitutional to purge the registration of a voter who had not voted over a period of two years as Michigan law then required.  In effect, this compelled clerks to reinstate the registrations of "non-voters" who had been purged from the registration roles since 1968.

    [4]        The large increase in the state's voting age population from 1970 to 1972 was the result of Amendment XXVI to the U.S. Constitution which lowered the minimum voting age from 21 to 18.

    [5]        Two events occurred in 1975 which affected the 1976 registration total:  (1) the Secretary of State Branch Office Voter Registration Program was put into effect in October and (2) provisions allowing for the creation of "inactive" voter registration files were put into effect.  Registration totals listed for 1976 to 1988 reflect only those registrations held in 4-year "active" files.

    [6]         The National Voter Registration Act, effective January 1, 1995, eliminated the initiation of any voter registration cancellations for inactivity and introduced several new voter registration programs in the state, including mail-in registration.

    [7]         Public Act 142 of 1989 authorized city and township clerks to establish a 5-year voter registration file and eliminate their "inactive" files.  Registration totals listed for 1990 to 1994 are based on the 5-year voter registration files maintained by the clerks.

    [8]         In 1998, approximately 600,000 duplicate voter registration records were purged from the state's registration rolls through the implementation of the Qualified Voter File - a statewide voter registration database mandated under Public Act 441 of 1994.

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