Voter turnout up in every Pa. county compared to 2014 midterm

Midterm voter turnout increased up statewide in Pennsylvania from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent this year. (Emily Previti)

Midterm voter turnout increased up statewide in Pennsylvania from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent this year. (Emily Previti)

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 a Keystone Crossroads analysis of Department of State data.

Preliminary ballot counts suggested as much, but the state only recently made results official.

In the interactive map below, counties with the darkest shade of green saw the biggest jumps in voter turnout.

Levels surged most in Blair County, where turnout was up 21 percentage points, to 60 percent.

That increase was followed closely by Lawrence and suburban Philadelphia’s Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties.

Montgomery had two-thirds of registered voters participating in last week’s election, the highest of Pa.’s 67 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.

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