The voter turnout rate in the state of Arizona was 49.9 percent for the 2016 presidential election. That was 5.6 percentage points lower than the national rate. Voter turnout in Arizona is relatively low when compared to other western states, ranking seventh out of nine. Historically the voter turnout for the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has exceeded the state’s rate. In 2016 it was 53.3 percent. Voter turnout is an important measure of civic engagement and higher turnout rates cause election results to better reflect the will of the people. Traditionally, voter turnout is significantly lower during mid-term election years.