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Wisconsin had 2nd-highest voter turnout in nation for presidential election


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin had the nation’s second-highest percentage of people voting in last November’s presidential election.

And only Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nevada had higher voting percentages last year than in 2008, when President Obama was elected for the first time.

The U.S. Elections’ Project at George Mason University said Wisconsin’s voting participation was only behind Minnesota in 2004, ’08, and last year.

72.5 percent of voting age adults in the Badger State helped re-elect Obama last November, up one-tenth of a percent from the previous White House vote.

UW-Madison professor Barry Burden said a number of factors resulted in last November’s high turnout. It included the fact that Wisconsin was one of just nine states where presidential race was anywhere near close.

The state also had Janesville’s Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket. Wisconsin’s same-day voter registration also drove up the turnout.

State officials estimate that 400,000 people registered at the polls last November.

Burden also says the state’s demographics played a role, including its ethnic and racial makeup. And many people voted out of habit.