The right to vote is a basic right granted by our Constitution. The degree to which citizens freely exercise this right is viewed as a litmus test of a democratic society. A plurality, ideally a large plurality, should characterize any election in order for elected leaders and for laws established by the vote of the people to have legitimacy. This indicator, using data from the Washington Secretary of State, measures the voter turnout rate among registered voters in Walla Walla County in November elections. In 2011, the county voter turnout was 52.7% and just over 52.9% in the state. Voter turnout rates are the highest during presidential election years.
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