As elections approach, NerdWallet took a closer look at civic engagement by state to determine which states have to most politically engaged voters. Across the United States, only 71.2 percent of citizens were registered to vote in 2012, and only 61.8 percent of citizens voted. Some states, however, take their civic duty seriously and send upwards of 75 percent of citizens to the polls.
Most Politically Engaged States
1. District of Columbia
Unsurprisingly, our nation’s capital came in at number one. Over 80 percent of the population is registered to vote, and DC has the highest voter turnout rate of any state or district. Almost 76 percent of citizens living in DC voted.
Mississippi has the highest percentage of registered voters of any state. Over 84 percent of citizens in Mississippi are registered to vote, although 10 percent of registered citizens don’t make it to the polls, leaving a voter rate of 74.5 percent
In The Land of 10,000 Lakes, only 6 percent of registered voters don’t make it to the polls on Election Day. 79 percent of citizens are registered to vote, and 73.2 percent of citizens voted in 2012.
Wisconsin is known for its dairy, but it should be also celebrated for its high level of civic engagement. 78.1 percent of citizens are registered to vote, and 73.6 percent made it out to the polls in 2012, leaving only 5% of the citizen population who registered, but did not vote.
The Bay State is known for its role in the American Revolution and ensuing American politics. Over 78 percent of citizens are registered to vote, and over 70 percent of citizens voted.
6. North Carolina
Only 10% of North Carolina citizens who are registered to vote didn’t make it to the polls in 2012. 78.9 percent of citizens are registered to vote, and 68.9 percent voted in 2012.
Home to the Iowa Caucus, the first major electoral event of the Presidential nominations, Iowa keeps its citizens engaged. Over 78 percent of Iowa’s residents are registered to vote, and more than 69 percent voted in the 2012 election.
77.1 percent of citizens in Maine were registered to vote in 2012, and 68.6 percent made it to the polls. Residents of The Pine Tree State are committed to exercising their right to vote.
9. New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die,” and the state’s residents take their civic duty seriously. 75.9 percent of citizens are registered to cote, and 69.4 percent of citizens voted in the 2012 election.
77.8 percent of those living in the Mitten were registered to vote in 2012, and 66.8 percent of citizens voted. Michigan residents take advantage of their right to vote.