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Surveys and Programs Contributing to Voting and Registration

Listed below are the surveys, censuses and programs that contribute data and other content to this topic. Click on the links to learn more.

Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is one of the oldest, largest, and most well-recognized surveys in the United States.  It is immensely important, providing information on many of the things that define us as individuals and as a society – our work, our earnings, and our education. 

Since 1964, the U.S. Census Bureau has fielded the Voting and Registration supplement to the CPS every 2 years in November. While the Census Bureau has collected voting and registration data since 1964, the CPS has gathered  citizenship data for congressional voting only since 1978. The CPS is the only source of voting and registration data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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