New Hampshire sees record turnout during presidential election


More than 803,000 New Hampshire residents cast ballots in this year’s presidential election, a record for the state.

According to the United States Elections Project, more than 75 percent of the eligible voting population cast ballots. During the election, Republicans won majorities in the state’s Senate, House of Representatives and Executive Council.

Turnout this year was up from 72.5 percent during the 2016 election when more than 755,000 voters cast ballots.

“Voter engagement in New Hampshire is alive and well, and even during this pandemic, New Hampshire remains the easiest state in the nation to vote,” New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said in a statement.

Former Vice President Joe Biden won New Hampshire, picking up nearly 53 percent of the vote. In another closely watched race, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen won reelection against Republican Bryant “Corky” Messner and Libertarian Justin O’Donnell, receiving nearly 57 percent of the vote.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu also cruised to reelection, garnering more than 65 percent of the vote.

According to the United States Elections Project, 70.9 percent of the voting-eligible population cast ballots during the 2012 election, while 72.5 percent did so during the 2008 presidential election.

During this year’s election, some municipalities, such as Dover, saw even higher voter turnout. More than four in five registered voters in the community, 80.1 percent, voted, which was 10 percent higher than the 70.2 percent who cast ballots during the election four years ago, officials said.

Statewide, President Donald Trump garnered more than 17,500 more votes than he did four years ago, but he won a similar portion of the popular vote. In 2016, Trump garnered 46.5 percent of the votes cast while picking up 45.5 percent this year.

Four years ago, the Libertarian candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, received 4.1 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. This year, the Libertarian candidate, Clemson University Senior Lecturer Jo Jorgensen, picked up 1.9 percent of the ballots cast.

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