America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2016 Election

Mar 1, 2017

As this report shows, the engagement level of citizens varies greatly across the nation. At one end of the spectrum, 70 to 75 percent of citizen eligible voters turned out in states like Minnesota, Maine, and Colorado. At the other end, fewer than 53 percent of eligible voters voted turned out in states like Hawaii, West Virginia, and Texas. Why is there such a dramatic difference in voter turnout across the states? What is taking place in our state laboratories such as Colorado, Oregon and Maine that is helping engage a broader share of their citizenry in elections?

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