Idaho’s Voter Turn Out “Abysmal” in Last Election
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's voter participation in this year's general election was the lowest ever. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa tells the Spokesman Review that nearly 37 percent of Idaho's voting-age population cast a ballot Nov. 4. Ysursa described the results as "abysmal," and urged the need to turn the number around. Idaho's previous low turnout was little more than 40 percent in the last midterm election in 2010. According to University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, voter turnout lagged across the country in states without competitive top of the ticket races.
However, he added that Idaho's low participation was unusual. Idaho's voter participation is highest during presidential election years. In 2012, more than 57 percent of the state's voting-age population came out to vote.