Voter Turnout by State

Voter turnout, the percentage of registered voters who casted their ballots in an election, is a barometer to measure the extent of civic engagement in American democracy. Due to the winner-take-it-all electoral college system, voters in a deep blue-or red state have tended to be less incentivized to vote. History however attests that a single vote has determined a number of key election results as early as in 1800 — when Thomas Jefferson won the presidential election by one vote.   

A political melee on whether to prioritize efforts to increase voter turnout has yet persisted in Congress with only two legislations designed to promote voting passed as law since 2000. Federal lawmakers in 2002 agreed to streamline the administrative process in voting systems to grant easy access for people to vote. Then in 2006, another law was passed to extend the duration of protection for marginalized voters. Since then, dozens of legislations intended to foster voter turnout have been filed and have all been stalled at the introduction stage. 

Despite lagging legislative efforts in passing voting laws, the voter turnout rate in a quadrennial presidential election has steadily increased, with more than two-third of registered voters casting ballots in the 2020 election, an over 10% increase from that of 2000. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll says almost three-quarter of Americans showed “quite a lot” of thought about the election in 2020, an about 20% increase from 2000. 

 Learn for yourself how states compare to one  another in terms of voter turnout rate by surveying the data in the charts. 

Voter Turnout by State

Alabama

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59.6%

#35 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,527,000

#25 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67%

#26 in the US

Alaska

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62.4%

#25 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

383,000

#49 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

72.6%

#16 in the US

Arizona

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64.7%

#18 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,878,000

#14 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

68.8%

#23 in the US

Arkansas

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51.9%

#51 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,361,000

#35 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

59.6%

#50 in the US

California

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55.7%

#47 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

18,001,000

#1 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

59.3%

#51 in the US

Colorado

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62.7%

#26 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,993,000

#22 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

66.2%

#32 in the US

Connecticut

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60.5%

#32 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,850,000

#29 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

66.6%

#33 in the US

Delaware

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63.8%

#23 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

542,000

#45 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

70.8%

#19 in the US

District of Columbia

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77.8%

#1 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

464,000

#46 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

80.5%

#1 in the US

Florida

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56.4%

#45 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

10,495,000

#3 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

60.9%

#48 in the US

Georgia

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60.9%

#33 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

5,233,000

#9 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

65.2%

#37 in the US

Hawaii

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59.7%

#36 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

673,000

#42 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

63.8%

#42 in the US

Idaho

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61.6%

#29 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

900,000

#39 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

65.7%

#38 in the US

Illinois

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62.7%

#27 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

6,590,000

#7 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

68.2%

#24 in the US

Indiana

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58.9%

#39 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,412,000

#18 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67%

#27 in the US

Iowa

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68.5%

#9 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,742,000

#31 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

73.8%

#12 in the US

Kansas

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60.1%

#34 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,398,000

#34 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

64.8%

#39 in the US

Kentucky

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65.3%

#16 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,450,000

#26 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

72.4%

#17 in the US

Louisiana

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59.4%

#37 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,286,000

#27 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

66.5%

#34 in the US

Maine

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70.5%

#7 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

832,000

#41 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

76.5%

#4 in the US

Maryland

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68.7%

#10 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,383,000

#21 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

73.4%

#13 in the US

Massachusetts

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58.9%

#40 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,546,000

#16 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

64.3%

#40 in the US

Michigan

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64.1%

#19 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

5,513,000

#8 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

70.8%

#20 in the US

Minnesota

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74.3%

#2 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,436,000

#17 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

79.2%

#2 in the US

Mississippi

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69.2%

#8 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,749,000

#30 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

79.1%

#3 in the US

Missouri

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64.5%

#20 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,388,000

#20 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

73.1%

#14 in the US

Montana

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72.6%

#3 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

641,000

#43 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

76.6%

#5 in the US

Nebraska

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62.2%

#28 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

971,000

#37 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67.7%

#28 in the US

Nevada

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56.3%

#46 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,455,000

#33 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

60.6%

#49 in the US

New Hampshire

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72.4%

#4 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

843,000

#40 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

76.6%

#6 in the US

New Jersey

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68.2%

#11 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

5,008,000

#11 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

73.6%

#15 in the US

New Mexico

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58.3%

#41 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,028,000

#36 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

63.9%

#43 in the US

New York

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57%

#43 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

9,370,000

#4 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

62%

#46 in the US

North Carolina

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58.9%

#42 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

5,161,000

#10 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

63.6%

#44 in the US

North Dakota

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65.3%

#17 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

429,000

#48 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

75.2%

#8 in the US

Ohio

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68.5%

#12 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

6,733,000

#6 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

75.2%

#9 in the US

Oklahoma

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55.5%

#48 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,884,000

#28 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

64%

#41 in the US

Oregon

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71.3%

#5 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,590,000

#24 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

76.9%

#7 in the US

Pennsylvania

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68.2%

#13 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

7,337,000

#5 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

74.1%

#10 in the US

Rhode Island

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61.3%

#30 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

575,000

#44 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

68.5%

#25 in the US

South Carolina

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61.3%

#31 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

2,713,000

#23 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67.7%

#29 in the US

South Dakota

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VOTER TURNOUThelp

57.7%

#44 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

437,000

#47 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

66.3%

#35 in the US

Tennessee

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63.3%

#24 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,742,000

#15 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

70.8%

#21 in the US

Texas

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55.3%

#49 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

13,343,000

#2 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

62.1%

#47 in the US

Utah

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VOTER TURNOUThelp

59.7%

#38 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

1,468,000

#32 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

63.3%

#45 in the US

Vermont

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VOTER TURNOUThelp

67.5%

#14 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

365,000

#50 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

72%

#18 in the US

Virginia

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66%

#15 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

4,541,000

#12 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

70.1%

#22 in the US

Washington

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64.3%

#21 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

4,029,000

#13 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67.2%

#30 in the US

West Virginia

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55.3%

#50 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

928,000

#38 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

66.4%

#36 in the US

Wisconsin

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71.7%

#6 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

3,391,000

#19 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

74.7%

#11 in the US

Wyoming

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VOTER TURNOUThelp

64.1%

#22 in the US

REGISTERED VOTERShelp

296,000

#51 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTERShelp

67.9%

#31 in the US