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Lower voter turnout in this year's Presidential election

WASHINGTON (WKOW)-- Less people voted throughout the nation in this year's Presidential election than they did four years ago. Voting officials say, there was a drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election. Regardless, even with the dip, President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House.

Preliminary figures suggest fewer people voted this year than four years ago, when voters shattered turnout records as they elected President Obama to his first term.

In most states, the numbers are shaping up to be even lower than in 2004, said Curtis Gans, the director of American University's Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Still, the full picture may not be known for weeks, because much of the counting takes place after Election Day.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press figures showed more than 117 million people had voted in the White House race. In 2008, 131 million people voted.

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