1900 Election vs. 2020 Election

The U.S. Elections project, a nonpartisan website operated by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, announced that the 2020 presidential election had the highest voter turnout rate in 120 years, based on early estimates. According to his preliminary data, 66.9 percent of the voting-eligible population cast their votes on or before Election Day, Nov. 3.

So what was all the fuss in 1900? It was a rematch from the 1896 election between Republican President William McKinley and his Democratic challenger, William Jennings Bryan. McKinley came out on top in 1900, thanks in large part to the county’s victory in the Spanish-American War and an upswing in the economy.

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