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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey

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Voter Turnout in the 2010 Midterm Election

Michael P. McDonald
  • George Mason University
Published Online: 2011-01-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1540-8884.1406

I place national turnout rates in historical perspective and investigate what state turnout rates may tell us about what factors are related to higher levels of voter participation. In midterm elections compared to presidential election, voter turnout is lower among all groups, but more so for young people. I discuss the implications of younger citizens' disengagement in midterm elections in light of an increasing gap in support for the political parties’ candidates among the young and the old.

Keywords: voting; turnout; political participation; 2010 midterm election

Published Online: 2011-01-10

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 8, Issue 4, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1540-8884.1406, January 2011

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