Ranking

America’s Most Politically Active States

The Daily Beast calculates which states house the most politically engaged constituents.

While just two dozen general state and local elections will take place on this year’s Election Day, Nov. 8, over the next year ballot-box prognosticators will become feverish in anticipation of the 2012 races. As in every major election year, voter turnout will be critical.

Where are residents the most engaged? To find out, The Daily Beast combed the U.S. Census Bureau statistics on last year’s elections. We then ranked states based on the percentage of citizens who were registered to vote, and the percentage who actually voted. We also considered the average amount of individual donation ($200+) per citizen for the 2010 election cycle, according to the contribution tally maintained by OpenSecrets.org, and each state’s citizen population.

For this list, exercising the right to vote was deemed the most potent form of engagement. Thus, the average percentage of voter turnout was weighted twice as much as the average percentage of voter registration, and four times as much as individual donations.

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20. Michigan

Total adult citizen population: 7,176,000  

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 71.4% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 47.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $34,384,136  

Average donation per adult citizen: $4.79

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19. Mississippi

Total adult citizen population: 2,087,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 73.4%

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 47.1% 

Individual donations, 2010: $8,184,472  

Average donation per adult citizen: $3.92

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18. Connecticut

Total adult citizen population: 2,463,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 66.6% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 49.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $38,815,686  

Average donation per adult citizen: $15.76

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17. Alaska

Total adult citizen population: 478,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 66.4% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 50.7% 

Individual donations, 2010: $3,743,242  

Average donation per adult citizen: $7.83

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16. Delaware

Total adult citizen population: 634,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 65.9% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 51.0% 

Individual donations, 2010: $6,060,337  

Average donation per adult citizen: $9.56

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15. Montana

Total adult citizen population: 744,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 66.0% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 51.9% 

Individual donations, 2010: $2,991,199  

Average donation per adult citizen: $4.02

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14. South Carolina

Total adult citizen population: 3,339,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 69.0% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 50.9% 

Individual donations, 2010: $12,723,644  

Average donation per adult citizen: $3.81

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13. Colorado

Total adult citizen population: 3,473,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 66.2%

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 52.6% 

Individual donations, 2010: $30,602,926  

Average donation per adult citizen: $8.81

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12. Massachusetts

Total adult citizen population: 4,695,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 68.8% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 52.2% 

Individual donations, 2010: $55,198,331  

Average donation per adult citizen: $11.76

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11. Iowa

Total adult citizen population: 2,185,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 70.8% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 52.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $10,563,248  

Average donation per adult citizen: $4.83

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10. Louisiana

Total adult citizen population: 3,236,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 74.9%

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 50.0% 

Individual donations, 2010: $22,722,758  

Average donation per adult citizen: $7.02

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9. District of Columbia

Total adult citizen population: 441,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 66.9% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 45.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $40,968,647  

Average donation per adult citizen: $92.90

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8. Wisconsin

Total adult citizen population: 4,156,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 70.0% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 54.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $19,148,012  

Average donation per adult citizen: $4.61

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7. South Dakota

Total adult citizen population: 587,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 69.1% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 54.9% 

Individual donations, 2010: $5,141,469  

Average donation per adult citizen: $8.76

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6. Minnesota

Total adult citizen population: 3,830,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 72.0% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 54.9% 

Individual donations, 2010: $23,993,679  

Average donation per adult citizen: $6.26

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5. Oregon

Total adult citizen population: 2,830,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 70.8% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 56.3% 

Individual donations, 2010: $12,405,774  

Average donation per adult citizen: $4.38

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4. Vermont

Total adult citizen population: 481,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 74.0% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 55.0% 

Individual donations, 2010: $3,394,666  

Average donation per adult citizen: $7.06

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3. North Dakota

Total adult citizen population: 477,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 75.6% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 55.7% 

Individual donations, 2010: $4,935,486  

Average donation per adult citizen: $10.35

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2. Washington

Total adult citizen population: 4,637,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 72.6% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 58.1% 

Individual donations, 2010: $34,148,170  

Average donation per adult citizen: $7.36

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1. Maine

Total adult citizen population: 1,017,000 

Percentage of adult citizens registered: 76.6% 

Percentage of adult citizens who voted: 59.4% 

Individual donations, 2010: $3,877,696  

Average donation per adult citizen: $3.81