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Utah's Voter Turnout: A Sad History
Vote organizers say that though their reform will change politics
forever in Utah, their intentions aren’t political. Their main focus,
they say, is to get people involved and civically engaged by making the
election process meaningful once again.
My Vote’s director, Rich McKeown, says that research shows that Utah’s
well-educated, service-oriented population should be voting more than it
does, leading him to suspect that the caucus system unfairly excludes
people. “We believe there is a systemic issue here as opposed to a voter
apathy issue,” McKeown says.
Percent of Eligible Utah Voters Who Voted in the General Election:
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Note: Higher turnout happens in presidential election years. Utahns came out in droves to vote against Bill Clinton in 1992, but even Mitt Romney couldn’t rally the stay-at-home nonvoters in 2012.
Source for 1990-2010: Utah Elections Office; 2012 data: George Mason University’s United States Elections Project