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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

(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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