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Voter turnout in U.S. presidential elections by gender 1964-2016

Published by Aaron O'Neill,
In U.S. presidential elections since 1964, voter turnout among male and female voters has changed gradually but significantly since 1964; with women consistently voting at a higher rate than men since the 1980 election. 67 percent of eligible female voters took part in the 1964 election, compared to 72 percent of male voters; this difference has been reversed in recent elections, where the share of female voters in 2016 was larger than the share of male voters by more than four percent.

Voter turnout rates* among male and female voters in U.S. presidential elections from 1964 to 2016

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United States

Survey time period

1964 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*Voter turnout figures relate to the share of eligible voters who take part in the election, and does not represent the share of the entire population (for example, under-18's, non-citizens, felons (rules vary)).
Residents in U.S. overseas territories are eligible to vote in general elections, but may not vote in the presidential election.

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