The Vote: The Figures


Half the fun of elections is fiddling around with the figures afterward. Last week there were plenty of fascinating figures to fiddle with.

About 69,169,000 people voted for President. They represented 78% of the total registered vote, and 60% of the

U.S. population of voting age. The popular vote broke the 1960 record of 68,839,000, but it was not so impressive as it sounds, considering population growth (this was the presidential year that the World War II babies came of age) and the fact that the District of Columbia, voting for the first time, added 195,874 to the total (167,373 for...

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