Number Of Registered Voters By State 2020

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.

Number Of Registered Voters By State 2020

*% of Population

Number Of Registered Voters By State

State Number of Registered Voters % of Population 2020 Pop.
Maine828,00077.10%1,345,790
Mississippi1,599,00072.90%2,989,260
Michigan5,453,00071.20%10,045,000
North Dakota397,00070.90%761,723
Kentucky2,389,00070.90%4,499,690
Minnesota3,000,00070.80%5,700,670
Missouri3,299,00070.60%6,169,270
Wisconsin3,129,00070.50%5,851,750
Montana579,00070.40%1,086,760
Iowa1,658,00069.80%3,179,850
Oregon2,274,00069.10%4,301,090
Ohio6,062,00068.30%11,747,700
Vermont343,00068.10%628,061
Kansas1,449,00067.40%2,910,360
New Hampshire726,00067.20%1,371,250
Washington3,852,00066.70%7,797,100
Alabama2,490,00066.40%4,908,620
Maryland3,095,00066.30%6,083,120
South Dakota429,00066.20%903,027
Louisiana2,263,00065.40%4,645,180
Pennsylvania6,469,00065.20%12,820,900
North Carolina5,160,00065.20%10,611,900
Virginia4,159,00065.10%8,626,210
Alaska337,00064.40%734,002
Utah1,443,00064.20%3,282,120
Rhode Island532,00064.20%1,056,160
West Virginia892,00063.40%1,778,070
Indiana3,131,00062.50%6,745,350
Wyoming268,00062.40%567,025
Illinois6,068,00062.40%12,659,700
Delaware472,00062.40%982,895
South Carolina2,430,00062.10%5,210,100
Oklahoma1,777,00062.00%3,954,820
Nebraska883,00061.90%1,952,570
Georgia4,840,00061.70%10,736,100
New Jersey4,297,00061.30%8,936,570
Massachusetts3,345,00061.30%6,976,600
Tennessee3,183,00061.20%6,897,580
Connecticut1,726,00060.90%3,563,080
Colorado2,645,00060.80%5,845,530
Arizona3,262,00060.80%7,378,490
New Mexico916,00058.10%2,096,640
Idaho743,00057.20%1,826,160
Florida9,435,00056.00%21,993,000
Arkansas1,262,00055.80%3,039,000
New York8,553,00055.30%19,440,500
Texas11,634,00055.20%29,472,300
Nevada1,277,00055.00%3,139,660
California15,690,00051.90%39,937,500
Hawaii523,00049.50%1,412,690