Minnesota loves to vote

Minnesota once again has bested all other states in voter turnout. Minnesota has been number one since 1996, and has been in the top 10 states in voter turnout ever since the United States Election Project began recording data in 1980. This year, Minnesota is second only to itself in 2004 for the highest voter turnout in the last 28 years.

Top 5 Voter Turnout, 2008

# State Turnout
1. Minnesota 77.8%
2. Wisconsin 72.5%
3. Maine 71.1%
4. Iowa 69.7%
5. Colorado 69.4%

Bottom 5 Voter Turnout, 2008

# State Turnout
47. Texas 54.5%
48. Utah 53.8
49. Arkansas 53.4%
50. Hawaii 50.6%
51. West Virginia 50.6%

2008 was also the nation’s best year for voter turnout, topping the charts at 61.6%. This is in stark contrast with the worst nationwide voter turnout in 1998, with a dismal 38.1%.

3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on December 17th, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    Odd that Hawaii did not turn out more voters for their native son Obama. Of course, by the time Hawaii votes, it’s usually all over.

  2. greg on December 17th, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    Isn’t it crazy that 40 percent of the country just doesn’t vote? Makes you wonder if they’re smarter than us.

  3. Donavon (brash) on December 17th, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    A little bit ago, I was reading the Star Tribune at work, when a co-worker saw that I had the paper, and said, "Oh, hey, I want to see if they got that injunction." I thought he might have been talking about Coleman’s case at the state Supreme Court attempting to block the counting of the absentee ballots, and said as much. "No," he said, "I’m not interested in things that have been decided in a dark, smokey room years ago. I’m talking about football."

    This is the 38.4% of the country who do not care to vote.

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