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...the Associated Press reports that more than 131 million Americans voted in this year’s presidential election — exceeding the turnout for all presidential elections since 1968. With all 50 states and the District of Columbia now reporting official or certified ballots, 61.6 percent of Americans eligible to vote cast their ballots this year.
Voter turnout had been on the decline since the 1950s and 1960s when Americans were more likely to fulfill their civic responsibility. This year’s turnout is the highest since 1968 when a divided nation saw Richard Nixon edge out Hubert Humphrey in a hard fought campaign. Despite much talk of voter apathy in recent years, turnout has been on the rise. In 2000, just 54.2 percent of those eligible to vote did so while 60.1 percent voted in 2004. This year marks another uptick.