The midterm elections on Tuesday generated a lot of buzz, but they did not draw a lot of voters.
According to estimates by the United States Election Project, turnout by eligible voters nationally was about 37 percent, the lowest level for a midterm since 1942.
An estimated 37% of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm elections, which would be the lowest since 1942 if the projection holds.
Michael McDonald, an associate professor at the University of Florida, estimated the turnout rate based on Associated Press tallies of votes reported so far and posted state-by-state data on his United States Election Project website.
He cautions that the turnout rate is a preliminary projection that could be revised based on the outstanding ballots cast on Election Day still to be counted, along with provisional ballots and those still coming in by mail.
The turnout rate was 34% in 1942 because Americans were off fighting in World War II, McDonald said.