Over the past several months, Pew collected data about the 2012 presidential election from nearly every state and the District of Columbia. We used the findings to create a snapshot of each jurisdiction, focusing on how many people voted, how long they waited to cast their ballots, how they cast them, and how many ballots were not counted. These snapshots will be released over the coming months, five at a time, and the Election Data Dispatches will take a closer look at the latest snapshots each week.
Turnout was down nationwide in 2012. Approximately 58 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, compared with 62 percent in 2008.
West Virginia had the second lowest turnout among the states in 2012 at approximately 47 percent, with only Hawaii having a lower rate.
These turnout figures continued a trend in these two states, which also had the lowest rates in the country in 2008.