In the 2010 election, 63.9 percent of New Jersey citizens above the age of 18 were registered to vote. That translated into 3.65 million registered voters, or 55.6 percent of the total population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Without a statewide election last year, only 41.7 percent of those registered actually went to the polls.
New Jersey’s statistics were slightly below the national average, with 65.1 percent of U.S. citizens or 59.8 percent of the total population registered to vote. And 45.5 percent of the citizenry actually voted.
When it came to gender and race, women voted more than men (46.5 percent vs. 44.6 percent) and whites voted more than any other race (47 percent). Asians were the least likely to vote (32 percent), while Hispanics voted in greater numbers than blacks (43.8 percent vs 41 percent).
In New Jersey, the older you were, the more likely you were to vote. The oldest cohort, 75 years and older, voted at a 59.2 percent rate while the youngest cohort, 18-24, voted at a rate of only 16.7 percent.