The Ohio General Election was held yesterday, November 8, 2011. A total of 3,545,539 registered voters went to polling locations and decided on 3 statewide issues and 1,734 local issues. The voter turnout was 46% (or 45.99%) and the turnout was considered to be high for an odd-year election. It makes me wonder where and how users can locate data about elections in Ohio in particular historical data.
You can view Ohio election results from 1940 to present via Ohio Secretary of State website [link]. You can also access historical (18th century to present) data about voter turnout and elected officials on the same site. The Ohio Secretary of State also released voter turnout from yesterday by county [link]. I am excited to see that they provide a downloadable spreadsheet version [link] which helps users to conduct further analysis or create data visualization on their own.
I've also created a Google Spreadsheet that lists General Election voter turnout in Ohio from 1978 to the election yesterday [download].
If you wish to find out more historical data on Ohio elections, there are some print resources in King Library Reference collection that you might find interesting:
- A statistical history of the American electorate. [King Reference, JK1967 .R87 2001]
- State and national voting in Federal elections, 1910-1970. [King Reference, JK1965 .C59]