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Best and Worst States for Voter Turnout

Minnesota tops the list, Hawaii closes it out
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2016 4:47 PM CDT
Best and Worst States for Voter Turnout
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is seen in downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis skyline could begin to change this weekend. Power inside the Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome is scheduled to be cut Saturday and the giant white top that's...   (AP Photo/Star-Tribune, Richard Sennott)

(Newser) – With a hotly contested election mere weeks away, it seems like all anyone can talk about is politics. But be it voter apathy or the fact that Election Day is held on a week day in the US, plenty of registered voters simply never turn up to cast a ballot. 24/7 Wall Street looked at 2012 data and tells us which states had the highest voter turnout. The key takeaway: the tighter the election is predicted to be, the more people show up to vote. States with the highest voter turnout:

  1. Minnesota—74.5% of registered voters cast a ballot in 2012
  2. Wisconsin—73%
  3. Maine—70.8%
  4. New Hampshire—69.8%
  5. Iowa—69.6%

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States with the lowest voter turnout:

  1. Texas—55.3%
  2. Tennessee—54.9%
  3. Arkansas—54.3%
  4. West Virginia—52.9%
  5. Hawaii—50%
24/7 Wall Street has the full list, including more detailed demographic breakdowns for every state. (Read more lists stories.)

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