Texas has certified the results of the November 3 general election.
Just over 11.3M votes were cast for certified presidential candidates, representing 66.7% of registered voters – 2 out of every 3.
A little over 5.6M registered voters did not cast a ballot for a certified presidential candidate, which is the lowest total of non-voting registrants since 2008. The number of registered voters who did not cast ballots for president was actually smaller this year than in 2000 and 2004.
When added to the estimated 1.8M voting-eligible adults who are not registered to vote, the estimated number of eligible non-participants was just under 7.5M, which was also the lowest since 2008. Measured against the voting-eligible population, turnout for this year’s presidential election was 60.2% in Texas. This is a roughly 9-point improvement over 2016, which is currently the 9th biggest percentage-point increase nationally.
When turnout is measured against the estimated voting-eligible population, Texas appears to be headed for a 45th-place ranking nationally, beating out Tennessee (59.7%), Hawai’i (57.5%), West Virginia (57.0%), Arkansas (56.0%) and Oklahoma (55.0%). Some of these states have not yet certified results, but it is unlikely any of them could leapfrog Texas.
This year’s national ranking represents a slight improvement. Texas ranked 47th nationally in each of the past four presidential elections.