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.

About the data

There are several ways to calculate voter turnout. The calculations above divide the total number of votes cast in Clark County in an election by the number of registered voters in Clark County that year.

Voter turnout data was accessed here from the Clark County Election Department and here from the Nevada Secretary of State. Voter registration was accessed here from the Nevada Secretary of State. When calculating turnout based on registered voters, cross-state and -region comparisons are challenging because voter rolls are constructed and maintained differently in each state.

To learn more about voter turnout in Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated: March 2019