Erie Vital Signs

Voter Participation: Total Voting Eligible Population

Recent Performance

This trend has been positive.

The total voting eligible population in Erie County has increased slowly but steadily each year since 2005. Between 2005 and 2013, the voting eligible population increased by 9.0 percent to 219,180, the highest level reached so far in the first decade of the new century.


The Basics

The total voting eligible population is the number of individuals who are old enough to vote (18 and over).

Why It's Important

Voting is an important component of a democratic system and the total voting eligible population reflects the number of individuals who can potentially engage in the democratic process, although not all eligible voters will chose to participate. Voting participation of a community can indicate a variety of different things. High voting participation can indicate a very controversial or important election. Likewise, low voting participation can indicate a very unpopular election where both or all candidates are not liked, or in which the issues are not perceived by voters to be important. Voting participation may also be related to other demographic variables such as the level of education.

The Details

The total voting eligible population is the number of individuals who are old enough to vote (18 and over). These statistics are based on estimates compiled and reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder

Subcategories

This EVS indicator has no subcategories.

Peer Areas

The U.S. Census Bureau does provide statistics based on geographical location.

Frequency

Annual

Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder

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