|Fort Smith Metro||7%|
|Little Rock Metro||32%|
What does this measure?
The percentage of residents who report always voting in local elections.
Why is this important?
Voting is a basic right of all citizens and indicates the citizenry's interest, commitment and belief in the value of participating in the political process.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2013, 25% of Arkansas residents reported that they always voted in local elections (down 3 points from 2011). This signals lower local political involvement than for the nation overall (32% always vote). Additionally, while the state's local voting levels decreased from 2011 to 2013, the national level remained fairly unchanged.
Local voting levels differed by race and ethnicity, with far lower levels for Hispanics, 86% of whom reported never voting in local elections (compared to 37% of blacks and 35% of whites). Fewer whites reported always voting (25%) than blacks (30%). No Hispanics reported always voting in local elections.
Within the state, the Fort Smith metro area reported particularly low levels, with only 7% of residents reporting that they always vote in local elections. In contrast, Little Rock had levels of local voting that were higher than the state and closer to national levels.
Notes about the data
Data are based on the Civic Engagement Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). No county-level data are available. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Civic Engagement Supplement) vary; some are conducted annually, others every other year or on a one-time basis. Data are reported for years available. The CPS sample is selected so that it is reliable at the national and state level, data for smaller geographic areas (such as MSAs) are not as reliable.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native only||Asian only||Black only||Hispanic||Non-Hispanic||Two or more races||White only|
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