Utah’s voter turnout topped 90% in November’s presidential election, breaking records that stretch all the way back to 1960.
The final election totals — which were certified Monday — show that more than 1.5 million Utahns cast a ballot, far and away the highest number in the state’s history. It was also the largest turnout on record by percentage, with about 90.1% of the state’s 1.7 million active registered voters participating, according to the final outcome.
“When I became Lt. Governor, we were in the bottom 5 nationally for voter turnout,” Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, whose office oversees elections in the state, tweeted Monday. “Our #1 goal was to significantly change that. I can’t take any credit, but I’m so proud of my staff, clerks, legislators and VOTERS, who steadily turned that ranking around.”
Cox noted that Wayne County had the state’s highest participation levels, with about 93% of active registered voters turning out on Nov. 3. Juab County, where about 85% of active registered voters cast ballots, had the lowest turnout.
Before this year, the state’s highest recorded participation rate was from the 1964 presidential election, when about 89.5% of registered voters weighed in on the race between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. It was the last time a Democratic presidential candidate won the state.
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