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New Report Says Nevada in Top Ten for Improving Voter Turnout
Nonprofit VOTE report compared 2010 turnout to last midterm election in 2006
Posted Date: 4/15/2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(775) 684-5748
pdupre@sos.nv.gov 

(Carson City, NV; April 15, 2011) – A new report from Nonprofit VOTE says Nevada voter turnout of 42.7% in the 2010 General Election was up 5.6% compared to the 2006 turnout, putting Nevada in the top ten of the most improved states. The Silver State moved up from an overall ranking of #41 out of 51 (states and District of Columbia) in 2006 to #29 in 2010. Nationwide, the turnout stayed nearly the same, moving up just .3% from 2006 to 2010.

The report notes that Nevada had a “tight, high profile U.S. Senate race” in 2010. Secretary of State Ross Miller says the expansion of early voting also contributed to Nevada’s improved voter turnout. “Early voting has become incredibly popular in Nevada and we should take advantage of every opportunity we can find to expand it even more.” Secretary Miller said after looking at the report. “I am also convinced that expanding the availability of online voter registration will result in more people turning out at the polls and I’m working hard to make that happen.”

Other findings from the report include:
• The rise in the Latino share of the electorate was most pronounced in the Western States. The percentage of the Nevada Latino vote rose from 12% in 2006 to 15% in 2010.
• Voter turnout was ten points higher in the nine states with Election Day Voter Registration.
• Maine had the highest voter turnout in 2010 at 56.2% and, of the 50 states, Texas had the lowest turnout at 32.9%.

The report, including a description of data sources and methodology, can be found at http://www.nonprofitvote.org/voter-turnout-main.html.
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