Wisconsin among just 12 were voter turnout dropped
Wisconsin is one of just 12 states where the voter turnout for last month's presidential election went down from 2004.
American University's Center for the Study of the American Electorate estimated the state's turnout at 71.3 percent of eligible voters. That was down 2.5 percent from the 2004 contest and it was the nation's fourth-biggest decline.
But Wisconsin had the country's third-highest turnout anyway, trailing only Colorado and Minnesota.
There have been several national reports showing different figures for Wisconsin's voter turnout.
Some took all adults into account including those who couldn't vote because they were convicted felons or were not citizens. Gans said his estimates included only eligible voters.
Wisconsin's decrease was not unexpected. The 2004 contest between President Bush and John Kerry was among the nation's tightest and both candidates made numerous visits here, all the way until the end.
This year, polls showed that the contest was pretty much over by mid-October and the candidates stayed away in the final three weeks.