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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.

Voter Turnout By State 2020

State Total Pres. Ballots Counted Voting Eligible Population (VEP) % VEP Total Ineligible Felons 2020 Pop.
Minnesota2,944,8133,973,20474.10%72,4395,700,670
New Hampshire744,2961,042,79571.40%2,8181,371,250
Maine747,9271,058,37270.70%1,345,790
Colorado2,780,2473,974,40570.00%28,7625,845,530
Wisconsin2,976,1504,285,07169.50%68,6495,851,750
Iowa1,566,0312,288,53668.40%31,6143,179,850
Massachusetts3,325,0464,948,02867.20%8,7806,976,600
Maryland2,781,4464,189,61666.40%71,0296,083,120
Oregon2,001,3363,024,17466.20%15,1664,301,090
Virginia3,984,6316,027,15266.10%73,2778,626,210
Washington3,317,0195,123,02064.70%80,5687,797,100
Michigan4,799,2847,420,62864.70%40,50210,045,000
North Carolina4,741,5647,352,50164.50%94,08910,611,900
Florida9,420,03914,601,06664.50%219,43121,993,000
New Jersey3,874,0466,013,65664.40%113,7688,936,570
Delaware443,814691,72064.20%15,416982,895
Vermont315,067494,87163.70%628,061
Connecticut1,644,9202,582,76163.70%17,8543,563,080
Pennsylvania6,165,4789,691,16063.60%48,09812,820,900
Ohio5,496,4878,736,80862.90%51,66611,747,700
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%42,01712,659,700
Montana497,147804,25061.80%3,7951,086,760
Alaska318,608522,67961.00%9,903734,002
North Dakota344,360566,78360.80%1,791761,723
Louisiana2,029,0323,384,43560.00%89,3494,645,180
Wyoming255,849429,68259.50%5,825567,025
Idaho690,2551,166,70659.20%31,4761,826,160
Rhode Island464,144786,01259.10%3,0381,056,160
Georgia4,114,7326,959,96359.10%307,72710,736,100
Alabama2,123,3723,609,44758.80%66,9834,908,620
South Dakota370,093631,17358.60%6,431903,027
Kentucky1,924,1493,282,42058.60%65,8714,499,690
Kansas1,184,4022,054,02557.70%23,9362,910,360
Nevada1,125,3851,961,58757.40%26,8263,139,660
Utah1,131,4301,991,88556.80%5,8463,282,120
New York7,721,45313,604,64556.80%90,84219,440,500
South Carolina2,103,0273,709,28356.70%43,2985,210,100
California14,181,59525,104,84456.50%130,39039,937,500
Indiana2,734,9584,849,93756.40%24,9486,745,350
Mississippi1,209,3572,191,24155.20%44,3632,989,260
Arizona2,604,6574,740,31054.90%89,1857,378,490
New Mexico798,3191,464,51554.50%16,9412,096,640
Arkansas1,130,6352,140,09752.80%58,6363,039,000
Oklahoma1,452,9922,778,21952.30%47,7163,954,820
Texas8,969,22617,448,91051.40%479,95629,472,300
Tennessee2,508,0274,909,42651.10%75,6856,897,580
West Virginia714,4231,423,03150.20%14,4051,778,070
Hawaii428,9371,012,86042.30%5,4741,412,690