posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 02:18 PM
Voter turnout highest since 1968
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Driven by an intense race for the presidency, a greater percentage of Americans voted Tuesday than at any time in more than three
Figures tabulated Wednesday by The Associated Press showed that 114.3 million people had voted with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
However, about 120 million people cast ballots, including 5.5 million to 6 million absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted, said Curtis
Gans, director of the nonpartisan Committee for the Study of the American Electorate.
The 120 million figure represents just under 60 percent of eligible voters -- the highest percentage turnout since 1968, Gans said.
Officials had eyes on whether Tuesday's turnout would rival the 1960 benchmark, when about two-thirds of eligible voters came out to back either
Democrat John Kennedy or Republican Richard Nixon.
When it comes to voting, the United States still has some distance to go to match the participation of voters in other democracies.