Arkansas is the least politically engaged state in 2022
With just 66.8% of the voting-age population having voted in the 2020 presidential election and 53.4% in the 2018 midterms, personal finance website WalletHub released its report on The most and least politically engaged states in 2022as good as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine where Americans are most involved in politics, WalletHub compared all 50 states based on 10 key indicators of political engagement. These range from the percentage of registered voters in the 2020 presidential election to total political contributions per adult population.
Political involvement in Arkansas (1 = most; 25 = average):
- 50e – % of registered voters in the 2020 presidential election
- 50e – % of voters who voted in the 2018 midterm elections
- 50e – % of voters who voted in the 2020 presidential election
- 50e – Change in the percentage of voters who actually voted in the 2020 elections compared to the 2016 elections
- 27e – Total political contributions by adult population
- 45e – Voter accessibility policies
Why are some states more politically engaged than others?
“Several reasons. We know from quantitative work that education and income are closely related to voter turnout. Thus, states, where a greater proportion of people have college degrees and higher incomes ( i.e. Massachusetts, Minnesota, etc.), will tend to have higher turnout rates. Ease of voting also helps. States where mail-in voting is possible and someone can registering to vote closer to election time will have fewer barriers for people to vote, which should lead to increased turnout. Alison Johnston – Associate Professor, Oregon State University
What are effective local strategies for increasing political commitment?
“To encourage people to vote, authorities can do several things: 1) Make election days public holidays so people don’t have to choose between paying the bills and civic engagement 2) Drop the voter ID laws and follow the lead of states like Massachusetts that make it easier to turn out 3) Provide transportation to polling places from high-density areas 4) Encourage more young people and minorities to show up for elections so that voters feel that their interests are represented in political institutions. Daniel Aldrich – Professor and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University
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