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The following is a listing of voter turnout in each United States presidential election going back to 1824.

Graph of voter turnout percentage from 1824 to 2008
Election Voting Age Population (VAP) ¹ Turnout  % Turnout of VAP
1824 26.9%
1828 57.6%
1832 55.4%
1836 57.8%
1840 80.2%
1844 78.9%
1848 72.7%
1852 69.6%
1856 78.9%
1860 81.2%
1864 73.8%
1868 78.1%
1872 71.3%
1876 81.8%
1880 79.4%
1884 77.5%
1888 79.3%
1892 74.7%
1896 79.3%
1900 73.2%
1904 65.2%
1908 65.4%
1912 58.8%
1916 61.6%
1920 49.2%
1924 48.9%
1928 56.9%
1932 56.9%
1936 61.0%
1940 62.5%
1944 55.9%
1948 53.0%
1952 63.3%
1956 60.6%
1960 109,159,000 68,895,628 63.11%
1964 114,090,000 70,651,298 61.93%
1968 120,328,186 73,199,998 60.83%
1972 140,776,000 77,744,027 55.22%
1976 152,309,190 81,531,584 53.53%
1980 164,597,000 86,574,904 52.60%
1984 174,466,000 92,653,233 53.11%
1988 182,778,000 91,594,686 50.11%
1992 189,529,000 104,423,923 55.10%
1996 196,511,000 96,277,634 49.00%
2000 205,815,000 105,405,100 51.21%
2004 215,694,000 122,267,553 56.69%
2008 208,323,000 131,257,328 61.00%

¹ The voting age population includes all persons age 18 and over as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, which necessarily includes a significant number of persons ineligible to vote, such as non-citizens, felons, and the mentally incompetent. The actual number of eligible voters is somewhat lower, and the number of registered voters is lower still. The number of non-citizens in 1994 was approximately 13 million, and in 1996, felons numbered around 1.3 million, so it can be estimated that around 7-10% of the voting age population is ineligible to vote. Note that the large drop in percentage turnout between 1968 and 1972 can be attributed (at least in part) to the expansion of the franchise to 18 year olds (previously restricted to those 21 and older). The voting age population estimate for 2008 will be released in 2010; the figure given here is an extrapolation based on population trends. The voter turnout for 2008 is based on the tabulation of returns in the article on the United States presidential election, 2008.

Currently, there are no data for the elections held from 1789 to 1820:

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