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Census Bureau said Wisconsin had the second-highest voter turnout last fall

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The U.S. Census Bureau said Wisconsin had the second-highest voter turnout among the states last November, when President Obama was elected.


But the state's figure of 71.2 percent was down by more than five points from 2004.

And the percentage of adults nationally who voted was down for the first time since 1996. It dropped 0.2 percent to 63.6.

Minnesota had the biggest percentage of residents 18 and older who went to the polls - around 75 percent.

Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Maine tied for second among the states. Washington, D.C., had a slightly higher turnout than the Badger State, at 74 percent.

Nationally, the Census Bureau said the percentage of whites 45 and older who voted dropped by 1.5 percent, while younger voters had an increase of 2 percent, with blacks showing the biggest gains.

Forty-six percent of whites said they didn't like either Obama or Republican John McCain, or they had better things to do on Election Day.