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.