America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2008 Presidential Primary

America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2008 Presidential Primary

According to a new report from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits's Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network, a record 28 percent of the estimated 210 million eligible voters in the United States participated in a presidential primary or caucus this year — a turnout rate not seen since 1972, when the voting age was lowered to eighteen. The report, America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2008 Presidential Primary (12 pages, PDF), found that voter participation among youth rose at a faster rate than any other age group, while Latino voter participation surged in many states, including Texas and California. The report was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Open Society Institute, the Funding Exchange, the Rockefeller Brothers and John Merck funds, and the Cedar Tree, George Gund, Mitchell Kapor, Tides, Surdna, and Solidago foundations.