Daily Archives: March 6, 2006

Total Ballots Cast

Total Ballots Cast are figures published by most election agencies that show the total number of people having cast ballots. Typically, a number of these ballots for any given contest (e.g. President) are invalid – either the voter decided not to choose a candidate for President (called a “blank” or “under-vote”) or the voter selected multiple candidates (called a “void” or “over-vote”).

Figures for Total Ballots Cast in the 2004 and 2000 general elections for President have been added to the database at the state, county, township, and precinct levels for all states in which this data is available. These data may be accessed by using the customize form at the bottom of any detailed data table (Atlas Membership required for county, township, and precinct-level). In addition, there are options to display the total number of invalid ballots and percent invalid for each in the table. For an example, take a look at the 2004 state-level data table with the new data included. Data for previous years are also in process of being added to the database.