Colorado voting numbers better than national average

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Colorado’s November 2008 voting numbers rank above the national average, the U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday.

In Colorado, 68.4 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls. That compares to 63.6 percent nationwide.

A total of 2,308,000 Coloradans voted in 2008, according to the Census Bureau. The national total was 131,144,000.

Colorado’s 2008 turnout was up slightly from 2004, the last presidential election year, when 67.5 percent of the eligible population voted. Nationwide, turnout was 63.8 percent in 2004.

In Colorado, the highest 2008 turnout rates were among seniors. The Census Bureau said 81.7 percent of citizens ages 65 to 74 voted; 74.5 percent of those 75 and older voted.

The Census Bureau said 72.2 percent of Colorado citizens of voting age were registered in the 2008 election, versus the national average of 71 percent.

Nationally, total voter turnout was up 5 million in 2008 from 2004, mostly because of the national population increase.