Census report on voting and registration in 2006 election

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their report on voting and registration in the 2006 election, “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2006. There’s a lot of interesting data and analysis in the report, including:

  • 48% of voting-age citizens voted in the 2006 midterm election, the highest turnout estimated by the CPS since 1994.
  • 96 million people voted in 2006, an increase of about 7 million since 2002.
  • 81% of voters said they voted on election day, 19% said they voted before the election (5.8% in person, 12.8 by mail).
  • Of the non-registered, nearly half (47.6%) said they didn’t register because they are not interested in politics; the next highest frequency response was “did not meet registration deadlines”, at 14%.
  • Of the registered non-voters, 27.3% said they were too busy, 12.4% were sick or disabled … and 3.9% cited registration problems, and 2.5% cited inconvenient polling places.