Utah sees big drop in voting from 2004 to 2008

Utah sees big drop in voting from 2004 to 2008

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New data show that Utah saw the biggest drop in voter turnout from 2004 to 2008.

Statistics compiled by the United States Election Project at George Mason University show 53.8 percent of Utah's eligible voting-age population cast ballots in November, down from 58.9 percent in 2004.

Besides having the biggest drop in turnout, Utah also ranked in the bottom five for 2008 turnout along with Arkansas, Hawaii, Texas and West Virginia.

Utah did not have competitive races for president, governor or Congress.

Nationally, 61.6 percent of America's voting-age population turned out this year -- the highest since 1968.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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