Number Of Registered Voters By State 2019

Voter registration is the requirement that a person who is eligible to vote registers on an electoral roll before that person is entitled or permitted to vote. Voter registration may be automatic or may require each eligible person to submit an application. Registration varies between jurisdictions.

Almost 92 million eligible Americans did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. Voter registration and participation are crucial for the nation’s democracy to function properly and for the US government to provide fair representation.

Low voter registration numbers and low voter turnout can be the result of several factors. In order to increase voter registration and participation, barriers to registering to vote and barriers to voting must be eliminated, such as additional restrictions on identification forms, and reforms to ensure all eligible ballots will be securely counted. Additionally, those who have alienated from the democratic process or discouraged from voting must feel that their voice is heard by their leaders and encouraged to participate in elections.

Some pro-voter policies that have shown to increase voter registration and participation are automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, preregistration, online registration, early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and restoring rights for formerly incarcerated people.

While California has the highest number of registered voters at 15,690,000, the state has the second-lowest percentage of registered voters when compared to its total population. Registered voters in California make up 51.90% of its total population. Hawaii has the lowest percentage of 49.50%.

Maine has the highest percentage of registered voters of 77.10% (828,000) registered voters. Only nine states the District of Columbia have percentages of registered voters of 70% or higher.

Below is a table of each state’s total number of registered voters and the percentage of registered voters compared to the total population.

State Number of Registered Voters % of Population 2019 Pop.
Alabama2,490,00066.40%4,898,246
Alaska337,00064.40%735,720
Arizona3,262,00060.80%7,275,070
Arkansas1,262,00055.80%3,026,412
California15,690,00051.90%39,747,267
Colorado2,645,00060.80%5,770,545
Connecticut1,726,00060.90%3,567,871
Delaware472,00062.40%975,033
Florida9,435,00056.00%21,646,155
Georgia4,840,00061.70%10,627,767
Hawaii523,00049.50%1,416,589
Idaho743,00057.20%1,790,182
Illinois6,068,00062.40%12,700,381
Indiana3,131,00062.50%6,718,616
Iowa1,658,00069.80%3,167,997
Kansas1,449,00067.40%2,910,931
Kentucky2,389,00070.90%4,484,047
Louisiana2,263,00065.40%4,652,581
Maine828,00077.10%1,342,097
Maryland3,095,00066.30%6,062,917
Massachusetts3,345,00061.30%6,939,373
Michigan5,453,00071.20%10,020,472
Minnesota3,000,00070.80%5,655,925
Mississippi1,599,00072.90%2,987,895
Missouri3,299,00070.60%6,147,861
Montana579,00070.40%1,074,532
Nebraska883,00061.90%1,940,919
Nevada1,277,00055.00%3,087,025
New Hampshire726,00067.20%1,363,852
New Jersey4,297,00061.30%8,922,547
New Mexico916,00058.10%2,096,034
New York8,553,00055.30%19,491,339
North Carolina5,160,00065.20%10,497,741
North Dakota397,00070.90%760,900
Ohio6,062,00068.30%11,718,568
Oklahoma1,777,00062.00%3,948,950
Oregon2,274,00069.10%4,245,901
Pennsylvania6,469,00065.20%12,813,969
Rhode Island532,00064.20%1,056,738
South Carolina2,430,00062.10%5,147,111
South Dakota429,00066.20%892,631
Tennessee3,183,00061.20%6,833,793
Texas11,634,00055.20%29,087,070
Utah1,443,00064.20%3,221,610
Vermont343,00068.10%627,180
Virginia4,159,00065.10%8,571,946
Washington3,852,00066.70%7,666,343
West Virginia892,00063.40%1,791,951
Wisconsin3,129,00070.50%5,832,661
Wyoming268,00062.40%572,381