Voter Turnout By State 2019

Voting in state and national elections is one of the most important things we can do as adults. After all, it is votes that put people in office – from our local officials to the president of the United States.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes advantage of their right to vote. Whether they just haven’t registered, don’t care about politics, don’t like any of the candidates, or have some other reason, there are many people that don’t show up at the polls come election day.

In this article, we’re going to explore the total voter turnout by state. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on the percentage of people by state that showed up for the last presidential election. We will focus solely on the voting eligible population, or VEP. This includes adults that are of legal voting age, while excluding ineligible felons.

Based on this, the highest voter turnout was in the state of Minnesota, where 74.10% of the VEP voted in the presidential election. The state with the next highest voter turnout was New Hampshire, where over 71% of the eligible population showed up at the polls. Maine and Colorado were also at the top of the list for highest voter turnout, with 70.70% and 70% voting in the presidential election, respectively.

When it comes to the lowest voter turnout, Hawaii ranked last with a turnout of just 42.3%. This is the only state in the nation with a voter turnout of less than 50% of the eligible population. Other states with the lowest voter turnout include West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Arizona – each of which had less than 55% of the eligible population place their votes in the presidential election.

State Total Pres. Ballots Counted Voting Eligible Population (VEP) % VEP Total Ineligible Felons 2019 Pop.
Minnesota2,944,8133,973,20474.10%72,4395,655,925
New Hampshire744,2961,042,79571.40%2,8181,363,852
Maine747,9271,058,37270.70%1,342,097
Colorado2,780,2473,974,40570.00%28,7625,770,545
Wisconsin2,976,1504,285,07169.50%68,6495,832,661
Iowa1,566,0312,288,53668.40%31,6143,167,997
Massachusetts3,325,0464,948,02867.20%8,7806,939,373
Maryland2,781,4464,189,61666.40%71,0296,062,917
Oregon2,001,3363,024,17466.20%15,1664,245,901
Virginia3,984,6316,027,15266.10%73,2778,571,946
Washington3,317,0195,123,02064.70%80,5687,666,343
Michigan4,799,2847,420,62864.70%40,50210,020,472
North Carolina4,741,5647,352,50164.50%94,08910,497,741
Florida9,420,03914,601,06664.50%219,43121,646,155
New Jersey3,874,0466,013,65664.40%113,7688,922,547
Delaware443,814691,72064.20%15,416975,033
Vermont315,067494,87163.70%627,180
Connecticut1,644,9202,582,76163.70%17,8543,567,871
Pennsylvania6,165,4789,691,16063.60%48,09812,813,969
Ohio5,496,4878,736,80862.90%51,66611,718,568
Nebraska844,2271,343,82162.80%13,8561,940,919
Missouri2,808,6054,517,92562.20%74,7136,147,861
Illinois5,589,6318,985,44362.20%42,01712,700,381
Montana497,147804,25061.80%3,7951,074,532
Alaska318,608522,67961.00%9,903735,720
North Dakota344,360566,78360.80%1,791760,900
District of Columbia311,268515,24860.40%711,571
Louisiana2,029,0323,384,43560.00%89,3494,652,581
Wyoming255,849429,68259.50%5,825572,381
Idaho690,2551,166,70659.20%31,4761,790,182
Rhode Island464,144786,01259.10%3,0381,056,738
Georgia4,114,7326,959,96359.10%307,72710,627,767
Alabama2,123,3723,609,44758.80%66,9834,898,246
South Dakota370,093631,17358.60%6,431892,631
Kentucky1,924,1493,282,42058.60%65,8714,484,047
Kansas1,184,4022,054,02557.70%23,9362,910,931
Nevada1,125,3851,961,58757.40%26,8263,087,025
Utah1,131,4301,991,88556.80%5,8463,221,610
New York7,721,45313,604,64556.80%90,84219,491,339
South Carolina2,103,0273,709,28356.70%43,2985,147,111
California14,181,59525,104,84456.50%130,39039,747,267
Indiana2,734,9584,849,93756.40%24,9486,718,616
Mississippi1,209,3572,191,24155.20%44,3632,987,895
Arizona2,604,6574,740,31054.90%89,1857,275,070
New Mexico798,3191,464,51554.50%16,9412,096,034
Arkansas1,130,6352,140,09752.80%58,6363,026,412
Oklahoma1,452,9922,778,21952.30%47,7163,948,950
Texas8,969,22617,448,91051.40%479,95629,087,070
Tennessee2,508,0274,909,42651.10%75,6856,833,793
West Virginia714,4231,423,03150.20%14,4051,791,951
Hawaii428,9371,012,86042.30%5,4741,416,589