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“Last year's [58% voter] turnout was right in the middle of the 17 elections presented in this chartóbetter than eight, but worse than eight. ... The friendly and civic-minded people of Minnesota always have the nation's highest turnout, and this year an admirable 75.7 percent of them came to the polls. At the other end, four states came in below 50 percent: Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Hawaii, bringing up the rear at 44 percent.”

-- Paul Waldman, “Voter Turnout in 2012: Meh,” on The American Prospect site.

Yay Minnesota! Of the four states who don't show up, meanwhile, three are deep red and one is deep blue (Hawaii). Waldman explores, or at least links to, an explanation for HI. Apparently we know the explanation in TX, OK and WV.

U.S. voter turnout: 1948-2012. From The American Prospect

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Posted at 02:02 PM on Thu. Feb 07, 2013 in category Politics  


CWaldenNelson wrote:

Sorry, eh.

But Washington state had a higher turnout.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM

Reed wrote:

Would be nice if turnout affected electoral votes.

Comment posted on Fri. Feb 08, 2013 at 12:03 AM
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