Voting by the Numbers

10 facts about voting in the U.S.

When they turn 18, most Americans are eligible to cast a ballot for their local, state, and federal representatives. Let’s take a closer look.

67

The percentage of the eligible population registered to vote in November 2018.

61

The percentage of eligible voters who reported casting ballots in the 2016 presidential elections.

122 million

The number of Americans who cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections — an estimated 53% of eligible voters.

200,000+

The number of polling places in the United States during the 2018 midterm elections. 

Two-thirds

The proportion of states that currently require voters to show some form of identification to vote. 

40

The percentage of voters who used an alternative voting method, such as mail-in ballots, in the 2018 midterm elections. 

11

The number of states that require mail-in ballots to be signed by a witness or notary.

2

The states — Maine and Vermont — that allow convicted felons to vote while incarcerated. In other states, incarcerated individuals can’t vote or lose their voting rights indefinitely.

3

The states — Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — that have all-mail voting systems, in which every registered voter receives a ballot to mail back or return to a voting center.

39 states plus the District of Columbia

Where you can vote early and in person in general elections, often several days before Election Day. Delaware will offer early voting in 2022.


Learn more about:
State voting procedures and laws (National Conference on State Legislatures)
Voter turnout in 2018 (Census Bureau)
Registering to vote (U.S. Election Assistance Commission)

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