Voter turnout in the 2018 Vermont primary was one of the highest in Vermont’s history. Over 107,000 Vermonters voted, yielding an almost 22% voter turnout rate. Compared to a 9% voter turnout in 2014 — the last non-presidential primary year — the results of the 2018 summer election make it clear that Vermonters have never been more engaged and enthusiastic about participating in local government. Vermonters have also demonstrated this enthusiasm by helping to pass laws that support Election Day registration, online voter registration, and automatic voter registration, ensuring that anyone who wants to vote will be able to.
According to the Pew Research Center, over half of registered voters in America have said that they are enthusiastic about voting and intend to get out and vote. This enthusiasm across the nation is echoed in Vermont, where voter turnout and engagement has consistently been on the rise since 2014. With this rise in energy, we hope to see one of the largest turnouts in Vermont’s history for the 2018 Midterm elections.