Updated: Explore the Data on 2020 N.H. Primary Turnout, Party Registration Patterns | New Hampshire Public Radio

Updated: Explore the Data on 2020 N.H. Primary Turnout, Party Registration Patterns

Feb 12, 2020

Editor's note: This post was updated on Feb. 27 to reflect newly released election data.

After a messy caucus in Iowa last week, the pressure was on for New Hampshire to avoid making any serious mistakes in Tuesday's presidential primary. And for the most part, it seems like New Hampshire succeeded.

As state election officials worked to finalize the official results of the race Wednesday, Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said there didn't appear to be any major issues on primary day.

“We did the proper training, we did all the prep work, and - did the voters know what to expect, did the officials know what to do,” Scanlan said. “And everything just worked as it should have.”

Scanlan said, if anything, the main complaint on Tuesday came from voters who were unable to vote in the primary they hoped for because of their party registration.

In New Hampshire, undeclared voters can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. But if someone's a registered Republican or Democrat, they can only vote in the party to which they're registered.

Numbers released Wednesday afternoon by the Secretary of State’s office show that more than 450,000 ballots were cast in this week’s primaries. That includes over 300,000 ballots on the Democratic side, and 156,000 in the Republican contest.

The Democratic figure is a record number for a single party in a presidential primary, while the number of Republican ballots cast is significantly higher than what’s been cast for an incumbent president in the past two decades.

Tuesday’s turnout figures, or the percentage of eligible voters who showed up to the polls, will not be available until final voter registration numbers are available.

Explore the interactive charts below for more information on how this year's primary compares to past elections. (Not seeing the charts below? Click here to view them in a separate window.)