Midterm voter turnout increased up statewide in Pennsylvania from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent this year. (Emily Previti/Keystone Crossroads)
Pennsylvania’s turnout jumped from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent in this year’s midterm.
(Harrisburg) — Voter turnout was up in every county in Pennsylvania this year compared to the last midterm election in 2014; statewide, it jumped from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent, according to our analysis of Department of State data.
Preliminary ballot counts suggested as much, but the state only just released data this week making it official.
Turnout surged most in Blair County , where it was up 21 percentage points to 60 percent.
That increase was followed closely by Lawrence and suburban Philly’s Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties.
Montgomery had two-thirds of registered voters participating in last week’s election, the highest of Pa.’s sixty-seven counties.
Turnout was lowest in Pike County, at less than a third- but that was still up higher than the midterm in 2014.
Voter participation rates didn’t surpass rates for the presidential election at the state or county level.
The state hasn’t yet released precinct-level data that would confirm anecdotal reports of polling places with higher turnout than 2016.