State officials estimate 82 percent of Utah's registered voters cast ballots statewide in the Nov. 8 general election.
But the percentage drops considerably, to 61 percent, when the number of unregistered adults are figured in.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Utah has about 1,078,000 people aged 18 and over. That figure is about 271,000 more than the number of adults who bothered to register. Of those, only 661,495 cast ballots, according to unofficial totals released by the lieutenant governor's office.
Official vote counts will be available after a statewide canvass next week. Official national figures will be available in January, according to Federal Election Commission officials.
However, preliminary estimates place Utah's turnout near the top, even when unregistered voters are included. The Washington Post and CBS-TV both estimate Minnesota had the largest turnout, with 65 percent of the eligible voters casting ballots.