With the midterm elections quickly approaching, people across the country are gearing up to vote. The 2018 midterm elections saw the highest voter turnout for midterms in decades, though the United States still lags behind many of its peers in voter participation. According to a new report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, some states are more politically engaged than others.
Maryland topped the report’s list of the most politically engaged states, in particular receiving high marks for its percentage of registered voters, the share of the electorate that voted in 2020, and political engagement among young people.
According to WalletHub, blue states tend to be more politically engaged than red states. Every state in the top five voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Following the Old Line State in the rankings for most politically engaged were New Jersey, Virginia, Washington and Oregon.
The states that ranked the highest were also disproportionately wealthy. According to WalletHub, less than half of registered voters with family incomes under $10,000 voted in 2020, compared to 85% of those with incomes of $150,000 or more. Maryland also came in first place in a recent U.S. News & World Report analysis of the wealthiest states.
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The report looked at 10 metrics to determine the rankings, including voter accessibility policies, volunteer political campaign opportunities and the percentage of residents who participate in civic organizations.
Among the states that received high marks across categories was Minnesota. The North Star State ranked sixth overall. It was in the top five for multiple metrics, including the percentage of the electorate that voted in 2018 and 2020 and the percentage of registered voters in 2020.
Arkansas had the worst performance of any state. It came in last place for the percentage of registered voters in 2020 and the percentage of the electorate who voted in 2018 and 2020. Following Arkansas, the states with the least political engagement were West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota and Nebraska.
These are the top 10 most politically engaged states, according to WalletHub: