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Voter Turnout by State 2021

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.

Here are the 10 states with the highest voter turnout:

  1. Minnesota (79.96%)
  2. Colorado (76.41%)
  3. Maine (76.32%)
  4. Wisconsin (75.77%)
  5. Washington (75.71%)
  6. Oregon (75.52%)
  7. New Hampshire (75.46%)
  8. New Jersey (74.28%)
  9. Vermont (74.21%)
  10. Michigan (73.90%)

Voter Turnout by State 2021

State Total Pres. Ballots Counted Voting Eligible Population (VEP) VEP Turnout Rate 2021 Pop.
Minnesota3,292,9974,118,46279.96%5,706,400
Colorado3,295,6664,313,05476.41%5,893,630
Maine828,3051,085,28576.32%1,354,520
Wisconsin3,310,0004,368,53075.77%5,852,490
Washington4,116,8945,437,84475.71%7,796,940
Oregon2,413,9143,196,42575.52%4,289,440
New Hampshire814,4991,079,43475.46%1,372,200
New Jersey4,575,0006,158,99974.28%8,874,520
Vermont370,968499,88474.21%623,251
Michigan5,579,3177,550,14773.90%9,992,430
Iowa1,700,1302,321,13173.25%3,167,970
Montana612,075837,29873.10%1,085,000
Virginia4,523,1426,196,07173.00%8,603,980
Massachusetts3,658,0055,072,90172.11%6,912,240
Florida11,144,85515,551,73971.66%21,944,600
Connecticut1,861,0862,603,32771.49%3,552,820
North Carolina5,545,8477,759,05171.48%10,701,000
Pennsylvania6,950,0009,781,97671.05%12,804,100
Maryland3,050,0004,313,41670.71%6,065,440
Delaware509,241720,53170.68%990,334
Nebraska966,9201,383,55169.89%1,952,000
Utah1,515,8452,191,48769.17%3,310,770
Alaska361,400525,56868.76%724,357
California17,783,78425,962,64868.50%39,613,500
Georgia5,000,5117,383,56267.72%10,830,000
Idaho875,0001,292,70167.69%1,860,120
Ohio5,974,1218,859,16767.43%11,714,600
Illinois6,050,0009,027,08267.02%12,569,300
Missouri3,050,0004,603,06066.26%6,169,040
South Dakota427,529648,10465.97%896,581
Arizona3,420,5655,189,00065.92%7,520,100
Kansas1,375,1252,087,94665.86%2,917,220
Rhode Island525,000799,64265.65%1,061,510
Nevada1,407,7542,153,91565.36%3,185,790
Kentucky2,150,9543,312,25064.94%4,480,710
Louisiana2,180,0003,373,93264.61%4,627,000
Wyoming278,503431,36464.56%581,075
South Carolina2,533,0103,926,30564.51%5,277,830
North Dakota364,251565,14364.45%770,026
New York8,661,73513,670,59663.36%19,300,000
Alabama2,325,0003,683,05563.13%4,934,190
Indiana3,068,5425,000,00761.37%6,805,660
New Mexico928,2301,515,35561.25%2,105,000
Texas11,350,00018,784,28060.42%29,730,300
Mississippi1,325,0002,201,95060.17%2,966,410
Tennessee3,065,0005,124,86759.81%6,944,260
West Virginia802,7261,394,02857.58%1,767,860
Hawaii579,7841,007,92057.52%1,406,430
Arkansas1,223,6752,182,37556.07%3,033,950
Oklahoma1,565,0002,845,83554.99%3,990,440

Voter Turnout by State 2021