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The Daily Beast: The Most Political States

Over the past 30 years Minnesota has the highest voter registration and participation of any state in the union!

Average voter registration rate: 83.8
Average voter participation rate: 69.8

12 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

The top 10 voter-participation states are all in the northern part of the country. Maybe climate has something to do with it.

ironic1

about 9 years ago

When nature makes a serious attempt to kill you on an annual basis, you learn to pay attention!

Claire

about 9 years ago

When I lived n North Carolina, the board of elections there was always thinking up new ways to prevent people from voting. Here, we try to make it easy for people to vote.

zra

about 9 years ago

"Vote early, vote often." ~the Hon Richard J. Daley (D), mayor, Chicago IL.

edgeways

about 9 years ago

I am fairly certain that the Duluth area generally surpasses the overall Mn figure, we regularly hear Duluth is at, or near the top of voter turnout.

zra

about 9 years ago

Yeah, I think we were tops last round. Seems like we always have a pretty good turnout. 

Where are you judging, Edge? Maybe we'll drop by for our second round of votes.

The Big E

about 9 years ago

The "Upper Midwest" states are all usually pretty high on the turnout list and long have been.  The logical reason is because they have liberal voter registration requirements.

Same-day registration has contributed to Minnesota's strong voter participation, accounting for 15 percent to nearly 21 percent of the state's turnout. (Minnesota is one of just six states -- including Wisconsin -- that permits same-day registration [this has increased a little since this was written in 2006]. Most of these states lead the country in voter turnout.)
Assessing why easy voter registration (or in the case of North Dakota, no voter registration) is supported in the Upper Midwest (when elsewhere there have been moves toward even more restrictive measures) is an interesting question. I presume it's a legacy of the insurgent tradition in the political culture of the region (this was the land of the Progressive Party, the Non-Partisan League, and the Farmer-Laborites, after all), coupled with relative social harmony -- notably a lot of white people. But then I can think of numerous arguments that would confound that line of reasoning.

zra

about 9 years ago

I'm looking forward to my second election cycle with the same residence as the previous one I voted in.

Hooray home ownership in the same voting precinct!

ironic1

about 9 years ago

Great point, Big E.

Gary

about 9 years ago

There was an article in the Star Trib yesterday talking about how St. Louis County has one of the highest voting rates in the country.  It also discussed how our county is traditionally one of the very last in the state to get its results in, largely because of how large our county is.  This should add up to a very interesting nail-biter of an evening!

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

UPDATE:

55.4% of eligible voters in Minnesota took to the polls in 2010, which was once again the best in the nation.

The national average was 40.3%

New York was the worst, with 32.1% of eligible voters casting ballots.

2010 by the Numbers

Claire

about 9 years ago

Iowa has the highest adult literacy rate in the USA if anyone cares...

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