Voter participation dramatically increased in California in the 2018 midterm elections, part of a nationwide trend.
About 51.9% of California’s 25.1 million eligible voters hit the polls in the 2018 general election, up from 36.6% in 2014, the previous midterm election, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Just as impressive, California’s 2018 midterm mark was only 6 percentage points below that of the 2016 presidential election. Typically, midterm voter participation is at least 30% lower than in a presidential election.
Why the dramatic rise in voter participation?
“Was it opposing Trump or preserving Obamacare that turned people out? Was it Charlottesville or Parkland that most appalled key constituencies? It’s very hard to tell, because we had multiple causes and only a single election,” says Thad Kousser, political science professor at UC San Diego and a veteran elections watcher. Read More