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					Voter Participation
Voters determine the governance of cities, counties, states and the country. Voter participation data are a good measure for the level of public participation or conversely, the level of apathy. Percent of Eligible People who Voted in the General Election
County Alameda Contra Costa Marin Napa San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Solano Sonoma Bay Area Total State total Source: Note: 1996 52.8% 58.1% 66.4% 58.8% 62.3% 53.5% 54.5% 48.1% 58.1% 55.9% 52.6% 1998 41.5% 48.0% 56.5% 49.4% 48.3% 43.4% 39.8% 40.7% 50.9% 44.4% 41.4% 2000 51.5% 58.8% 66.7% 56.7% 60.8% 53.5% 50.0% 50.1% 60.7% 54.7% 51.9% 2002 36.3% 41.9% 52.5% 44.2% 39.2% 38.8% 36.0% 34.9% 46.1% 39.0% 36.1% 2004 59.4% 62.4% 78.4% 64.7% 63.3% 62.9% 58.5% 56.3% 68.7% 61.8% 57.0% % change 2000-2004 15.4% 6.1% 17.4% 14.1% 4.2% 17.5% 16.9% 12.5% 13.1% 12.9% 9.8%

California Secretary of State, Department of Elections Statement of Vote, 1996-2004 (http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_elections.htm) Percent of registered voters who voted, as a percent of population eligible to vote.

Voting raw data
Percent of Eligible People who Voted in the General Election
1996 1998 2000

County Alameda Contra Costa Marin Napa San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Solano Sonoma Bay Area Total State total

# Persons eligible # Eligible persons % Eligible persons # Persons eligible # Eligible persons % Eligible persons # Persons eligible # Eligible persons to vote who voted who voted to vote who voted who voted to vote who voted 895,965 613,333 177,123 84,857 479,127 475,607 983,192 247,545 315,607 4,272,356 19,526,991 473,437 356,383 117,627 49,920 298,648 254,464 535,449 119,172 183,383 2,388,483 10,263,490 53% 58% 66% 59% 62% 54% 54% 48% 58% 56% 53% 956,701 639,231 183,071 88,422 519,062 484,213 1,091,456 254,483 318,707 4,535,346 20,806,462 397,047 306,712 103,369 43,680 250,719 210,282 434,600 103,684 162,310 2,012,403 8,621,121 42% 48% 56% 49% 48% 43% 40% 41% 51% 44% 41% 975,078 654,096 185,298 91,966 533,153 488,372 1,115,840 267,143 327,034 4,637,980 21,461,275 502,045 384,300 123,681 52,170 324,031 261,297 557,959 133,727 198,562 2,537,772 11,142,843

Source: Note:

California Secretary of State, Department of Elections Statement of Vote, 1996-2004 (http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_elections.htm)
Calculation: Number of persons who voted (c) as a percent of number of persons eligible to vote (b)

2000 % Eligible persons who voted 51% 59% 67% 57% 61% 54% 50% 50% 61% 55% 52%

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