As the we head toward California's June Primary, political types will try to guess who will be voting. Perhaps there are clues in the recently released Census report, Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008: Population Characterisitics. Of course this was a presidential election with special historic significance. Still, there are some interesting stats on registration and voting broken out by such things as race, education, income, age, gender and the like.
In 2008, 63.6 percent of the voting age population voted. That's not much different than the participation in November 2004, but higher than in earlier presidential elections. (The national registration rate fell slightly from 2004 to 2008, 72.1 to 71.0 percent.) Breaking out the data, non-Hispanic Whites and African Americans showed the highest voting rates (66.1 and 64.7 percent). Women voted at a higher rate than men (72.8 to 69.1 percent). People aged 65-74 beat all other age groups (72.4 percent). Married adults voted more than the non-married categories (69.9 percent). Those with advanced college degrees vote at the highest rate of 82.7 percent.
Looked at geographically, we see California voting at almost the national rate (63.4 percent). Minnesota had the highest (75.0 percent) and Hawaii the lowest (51.0 percent).