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.

*% of Population
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%10,045,029
North Dakota397,00070.90%761,723
Kentucky2,389,00070.90%4,499,692
Minnesota3,000,00070.80%5,700,671
Missouri3,299,00070.60%6,169,270
Wisconsin3,129,00070.50%5,851,754
Montana579,00070.40%1,086,759
Iowa1,658,00069.80%3,179,849
Oregon2,274,00069.10%4,301,089
Ohio6,062,00068.30%11,747,694
Vermont343,00068.10%628,061
Kansas1,449,00067.40%2,910,357
New Hampshire726,00067.20%1,371,246
Washington3,852,00066.70%7,797,095
Alabama2,490,00066.40%4,908,621
Maryland3,095,00066.30%6,083,116
South Dakota429,00066.20%903,027
Louisiana2,263,00065.40%4,645,184
Pennsylvania6,469,00065.20%12,820,878
North Carolina5,160,00065.20%10,611,862
Virginia4,159,00065.10%8,626,207
Alaska337,00064.40%734,002
Utah1,443,00064.20%3,282,115
Rhode Island532,00064.20%1,056,161
West Virginia892,00063.40%1,778,070
Indiana3,131,00062.50%6,745,354
Wyoming268,00062.40%567,025
Illinois6,068,00062.40%12,659,682
Delaware472,00062.40%982,895
South Carolina2,430,00062.10%5,210,095
Oklahoma1,777,00062.00%3,954,821
Nebraska883,00061.90%1,952,570
Georgia4,840,00061.70%10,736,059
New Jersey4,297,00061.30%8,936,574
Massachusetts3,345,00061.30%6,976,597
Tennessee3,183,00061.20%6,897,576
Connecticut1,726,00060.90%3,563,077
Colorado2,645,00060.80%5,845,526
Arizona3,262,00060.80%7,378,494
New Mexico916,00058.10%2,096,640
Idaho743,00057.20%1,826,156
Florida9,435,00056.00%21,992,985
Arkansas1,262,00055.80%3,038,999
New York8,553,00055.30%19,440,469
Texas11,634,00055.20%29,472,295
Nevada1,277,00055.00%3,139,658
California15,690,00051.90%39,937,489
Hawaii523,00049.50%1,412,687