Turnout in the Nov. 3 election set a record, according to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, exceeding turnout in every presidential election since at least 1960. More than 6.9 million Pennsylvanians voted by mail ballot or in-person at the polls.
The election also broke a record for highest percentage of participation by Pennsylvania’s voting-age population – 70.93 percent. This exceeded the previous record of 70.3 percent in 1960. By comparison, 6.115 million Pennsylvanians voted in the 2016 presidential election, the next highest turnout figure, when 61 percent of the voting age population voted.
“I am thrilled with the voter engagement and record turnout in this year’s election, which truly reflects the vitality of our democracy,” said Boockvar. “It is also a powerful credit to Pennsylvania’s dedicated election officials and poll workers, who worked incredibly hard to run a free, fair and secure election with no significant issues while contending with a pandemic, new mail-in ballot procedures and what is apparently the highest voter turnout in commonwealth history.”
Pennsylvania broke another record in October when voter registration topped 9 million for the first time.
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