The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that voted in an election.
Voting is a basic responsibility of all citizens and an indication of the citizenry's interest in and commitment to participating in our political process.
In Essex County, voter participation was 51% in the 2018 midterm elections and 64% in the 2016 presidential elections. The 2018 midterm election participation rate was slightly higher than the rates in all midterm elections since 2000.
Voter turnout in Essex County was a bit higher than the state (50%). Saugus had the lowest participation rate at 50%, and Manchester and West Newbury the highest, both at 77%.
Voter participation in Essex County during the 2018 midterm elections was much higher than Lake, IL and Westchester, NY (47% and 44% respectively), and similar to the rate in Middlesex, MA at 53%.
Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over. National data only available for presidential years.