Civic Engagement

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout is considered a measure of civic engagement and reflects a population’s willingness to participate in the political process. Higher levels of voter turnout are generally desirable, as elections with low turnout may not reflect the will of the people.  

Southern Nevadans voting in presidential elections remains consistent over past decade

Voter turnout for presidential races in Southern Nevada has remained relatively constant for the past three election cycles after peaking during the 2004 election. These rates trail national voter turnout estimates for presidential elections, which have remained above 80 percent since 2000.

As is the case nationally, midterm elections have generated lower turnout than presidential elections in Southern Nevada. On average, turnout fell 22 percentage points from a presidential election to midterm election since 2000. Turnout in Southern Nevada during the midterms has fluctuated significantly, reaching a high of 57 percent in 2002 and a low of 33 percent in 2014. The mean over the past five midterm elections is 47 percent (see chart below).