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Oklahoma among the worst states in midterm voter turnout

Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election here in Oklahoma was historically low. And while midterm elections typically don't yield as high turnout rates as presidential election years, Oklahoma saw a particularly steep 9 percent drop from its 2010 midterm turnout rates, according to projections published by the data analysis site FiveThirtyEight.

The only states with steeper percentage drops from 2010 to this year's election were California (9.2 percent), Nevada (9.5 percent), South Dakota (11.5 percent), Alabama (9.5 percent), Delaware (thirteen percent) and Vermont (9.2 percent). Here's a map from FiveThirtyEight illustrating the differences in turnout state-by-state:

Citing early estimates of turnout, FiveThirtyEight writers Carl Bialik and Reuben Fischer-Baum also say that fewer than 3 in 10 eligible voters showed up to the polls. Ooof. Read the rest of their findings here.

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Matt Carney

Matt Carney is the night editor of and a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was born in Tulsa, lives in Oklahoma City and misses QuikTrip every day. Read more ›