Historically low voter turnout in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Six out of 10 registered voters in Utah chose not to cast ballots this election, setting a new historic low for voter turnout.

Utah deputy director of elections Justin Lee says about 40 percent of active registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.

Turnout is always lower on non-presidential years, but data from the Utah Lt. Governor’s website that goes back to 1960 shows the previous low for turnout was 45 percent, set in 1998 and again in 2006.

The average turnout for general elections in non-presidential years since 1960 has been 55 percent.

This year’s ballot had only one statewide race, a special election for attorney general, and three of the four congressional races weren’t very competitive.

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