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 64% in the 2016 presidential elections and 43% in the 2014 midterm elections. The 2016 presidential election participation rate was similar in any presidential election since 2000.
Voter turnout in Essex County was a bit higher than the state (62%) and substantially higher than national rate (55%) during the last presidential election. Wenham had the lowest participation rate in the past two elections, at 42% in 2014 and 60% in 2016.
Voter participation in Essex County during the 2016 presidential elections was much higher than Lake, IL and Westchester, NY (both at 56%), and similar to the rate in Middlesex, MA at 63%. This pattern persisted in the 2014 midterms, with Westchester at 31% and Lake at 38% while both Middlesex and Essex County were at 43%.
Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over. National data only available for presidential years.