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Voter Turnout by State 2022

Voting in state and national elections is one of the most important things we can do as adults. After all, it is voting that puts 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 reasons, many people 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 2020 election. We'll 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.

In the 2020 election, 159,633,396 people voted. This is the largest voter turnout in U.S. history. This is also the largest percentage of the voting-eligible population in 120 years at 66.7%. President Joe Biden received 81,283,098 votes, while former President Donald Trump won 74,222,958 votes, a difference of 7,060,140 votes. In the Electoral College, Biden received 306 over Trump's 232.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states expanded vote-by-mail to help people safely vote in the 2020 election. It is believed that the availability of mail voting helped increase overall voter turnout.

The highest voter turnout was in Minnesota, where 79.96% of the VEP voted in the presidential election. Colorado follows with 76.41% and is closely followed by Maine, where 76.32% of the VEP voted.

When it comes to the lowest voter turnout, Oklahoma ranked last with a turnout of just 54.99%%. Other states with the lowest voter turnout include Arkansas, Hawaii, West Virginia, and Tennessee, all of which had less than 60% of their VEP vote in the 2020 election.

Here are the 10 states with the highest voter turnout:

  1. New Jersey (84.58%)
  2. Minnesota (82.96%)
  3. Mississippi (80.34%)
  4. Oregon (79.89%)
  5. Maryland (78.62%)
  6. New Hampshire (78.27%)
  7. Montana (77.51%)
  8. Maine (77.40%)
  9. North Dakota (77.16%)
  10. Ohio (77.04%)

Voter Turnout by State 2022

State Total Pres. Ballots Counted Voting Eligible Population (VEP) VEP Turnout Rate 2022 Pop.
New Jersey5,008,0005,921,00084.58%8,870,685
Minnesota3,436,0004,142,00082.96%5,739,781
Mississippi1,749,0002,177,00080.34%2,961,536
Oregon2,590,0003,242,00079.89%4,325,290
Maryland3,383,0004,303,00078.62%6,075,314
New Hampshire843,0001,077,00078.27%1,378,449
Montana641,000827,00077.51%1,093,117
Maine832,0001,075,00077.40%1,359,677
North Dakota429,000556,00077.16%774,008
Ohio6,733,0008,740,00077.04%11,727,377
Wisconsin3,391,0004,421,00076.70%5,867,518
Arizona3,878,0005,075,00076.41%7,640,796
Pennsylvania7,337,0009,621,00076.26%12,805,190
Virginia4,541,0005,974,00076.01%8,638,218
Iowa1,742,0002,293,00075.97%3,174,426
Kentucky2,450,0003,227,00075.92%4,487,233
Missouri3,388,0004,475,00075.71%6,184,843
Delaware542,000722,00075.07%998,619
Washington4,029,0005,389,00074.76%7,887,965
Illinois6,590,0008,860,00074.38%12,518,071
Tennessee3,742,0005,038,00074.28%7,001,803
Alaska383,000516,00074.22%720,763
Rhode Island575,000776,00074.10%1,062,583
Michigan5,513,0007,467,00073.83%9,995,212
Connecticut1,850,0002,524,00073.30%3,546,588
Vermont365,000500,00073.00%622,882
Massachusetts3,546,0004,897,00072.41%6,922,107
Texas13,343,00018,581,00071.81%30,097,526
Colorado2,993,0004,200,00071.26%5,961,083
Nebraska971,0001,369,00070.93%1,960,790
Kansas1,398,0001,975,00070.78%2,919,179
Georgia5,233,0007,400,00070.72%10,936,299
New York9,370,00013,298,00070.46%19,223,191
South Carolina2,713,0003,878,00069.96%5,342,388
North Carolina5,161,0007,391,00069.83%10,807,491
California18,001,00025,946,00069.38%39,664,128
Indiana3,412,0004,921,00069.34%6,842,385
Wyoming296,000427,00069.32%582,233
Louisiana2,286,0003,299,00069.29%4,616,106
Idaho900,0001,299,00069.28%1,896,652
Hawaii673,000980,00068.67%1,401,709
New Mexico1,028,0001,498,00068.62%2,109,093
Alabama2,527,0003,716,00068.00%4,949,697
Utah1,468,0002,178,00067.40%3,363,182
South Dakota437,000649,00067.33%902,542
West Virginia928,0001,379,00067.30%1,755,715
Oklahoma1,884,0002,800,00067.29%4,007,179
Florida10,495,00015,645,00067.08%22,177,997
Nevada1,455,0002,198,00066.20%3,238,601
Arkansas1,361,0002,195,00062.00%3,042,017

Voter Turnout by State 2022

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