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Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004

Report Number P20-556
Kelly Holder

This report examines the levels of voting and registration in the November 2004 presidential election, the characteristics of citizens who reported that they were registered for or voted in the election, and the reasons why registered voters did not vote.

The data on voting and registration in this report are based on responses to the November 2004 Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, which surveys the civilian noninstitutionalized population in the United States.1 The estimates presented in this report may differ from those based on administrative data or data from exit polls. For more information, see the section Accuracy of the Estimates.

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1 People in the military, U.S. citizens living abroad, and people in institutionalized housing, such as correctional institutions and nursing homes, were not included in the survey. For a discussion of the differences between the official counts of votes cast and the CPS data, see the section Measuring Voting in the Current Population Survey.

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