Voter Turnout By State 2020

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 2020 Pop.
Minnesota2,944,8133,973,20474.10%72,4395,700,671
New Hampshire744,2961,042,79571.40%2,8181,371,246
Maine747,9271,058,37270.70%1,345,790
Colorado2,780,2473,974,40570.00%28,7625,845,526
Wisconsin2,976,1504,285,07169.50%68,6495,851,754
Iowa1,566,0312,288,53668.40%31,6143,179,849
Massachusetts3,325,0464,948,02867.20%8,7806,976,597
Maryland2,781,4464,189,61666.40%71,0296,083,116
Oregon2,001,3363,024,17466.20%15,1664,301,089
Virginia3,984,6316,027,15266.10%73,2778,626,207
Washington3,317,0195,123,02064.70%80,5687,797,095
Michigan4,799,2847,420,62864.70%40,50210,045,029
North Carolina4,741,5647,352,50164.50%94,08910,611,862
Florida9,420,03914,601,06664.50%219,43121,992,985
New Jersey3,874,0466,013,65664.40%113,7688,936,574
Delaware443,814691,72064.20%15,416982,895
Vermont315,067494,87163.70%628,061
Connecticut1,644,9202,582,76163.70%17,8543,563,077
Pennsylvania6,165,4789,691,16063.60%48,09812,820,878
Ohio5,496,4878,736,80862.90%51,66611,747,694
Nebraska844,2271,343,82162.80%13,8561,952,570
Missouri2,808,6054,517,92562.20%74,7136,169,270
Illinois5,589,6318,985,44362.20%42,01712,659,682
Montana497,147804,25061.80%3,7951,086,759
Alaska318,608522,67961.00%9,903734,002
North Dakota344,360566,78360.80%1,791761,723
District of Columbia311,268515,24860.40%720,687
Louisiana2,029,0323,384,43560.00%89,3494,645,184
Wyoming255,849429,68259.50%5,825567,025
Idaho690,2551,166,70659.20%31,4761,826,156
Rhode Island464,144786,01259.10%3,0381,056,161
Georgia4,114,7326,959,96359.10%307,72710,736,059
Alabama2,123,3723,609,44758.80%66,9834,908,621
South Dakota370,093631,17358.60%6,431903,027
Kentucky1,924,1493,282,42058.60%65,8714,499,692
Kansas1,184,4022,054,02557.70%23,9362,910,357
Nevada1,125,3851,961,58757.40%26,8263,139,658
Utah1,131,4301,991,88556.80%5,8463,282,115
New York7,721,45313,604,64556.80%90,84219,440,469
South Carolina2,103,0273,709,28356.70%43,2985,210,095
California14,181,59525,104,84456.50%130,39039,937,489
Indiana2,734,9584,849,93756.40%24,9486,745,354
Mississippi1,209,3572,191,24155.20%44,3632,989,260
Arizona2,604,6574,740,31054.90%89,1857,378,494
New Mexico798,3191,464,51554.50%16,9412,096,640
Arkansas1,130,6352,140,09752.80%58,6363,038,999
Oklahoma1,452,9922,778,21952.30%47,7163,954,821
Texas8,969,22617,448,91051.40%479,95629,472,295
Tennessee2,508,0274,909,42651.10%75,6856,897,576
West Virginia714,4231,423,03150.20%14,4051,778,070
Hawaii428,9371,012,86042.30%5,4741,412,687