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Published 13 November 2016

1996 was the last year voter turnout had been so low.

The election where exit polls suggest white people in the United States across gender, age, education status and class overwhelmingly voted for U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, also reveal that the same election saw the lowest voter turnout in two decades.

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CNN reported Saturday that Tuesday was also the lowest election day voter turnout since 1996.

"While election officials are still tabulating ballots, the 126 million votes already counted means about 55% of voting age citizens cast ballots this year," CNN's Gregory Wallace and Robert Yoon wrote. "... That measure of turnout is the lowest in a presidential election since 1996, when 53.5% of voting-age citizens turned out ... it would take another 18.7 million votes to reach the high point for turnout of 2008, when nearly 64% of voting age citizens cast a ballot."

While Trump beat out Democratic Party contender Hillary Clinton in the electoral college by a margin of 290 to 228, he actually lost the popular vote, with roughly 60.27 million votes to Clinton's 60.84 million, according to the New York Times.

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While overall turnout plummeted, a few crucial swing states such as Florida, North Carolina and Michigan saw an increased turnout, according to CNN.

However, as Cook Political Report reported, there are still 7 million votes left to be counted, many from urban and coastal areas where Clinton is projected to win. That may, in turn, increase her popular vote by 2 percent.

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