Number Of Registered Voters By State 2020

Voter registration is the requirement that a person who is eligible to vote registers on an electoral roll before that person is entitled or permitted to vote. Voter registration may be automatic or may require each eligible person to submit an application. Registration varies between jurisdictions.

Almost 92 million eligible Americans did not vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Voter registration and participation are crucial for the nation’s democracy to function properly and for the US government to provide fair representation.

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Low voter registration numbers and low voter turnout can be the result of several factors. In order to increase voter registration and participation, barriers to registering to vote and barriers to voting must be eliminated, such as additional restrictions on identification forms, and reforms to ensure all eligible ballots will be securely counted. Additionally, those who have alienated from the democratic process or discouraged from voting must feel that their voice is heard by their leaders and encouraged to participate in elections.

Some pro-voter policies that have shown to increase voter registration and participation are automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, preregistration, online registration, early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and restoring rights for formerly incarcerated people.

While California has the highest number of registered voters at 15,690,000, the state has the second-lowest percentage of registered voters when compared to its total population. Registered voters in California make up 51.90% of its total population. Hawaii has the lowest percentage of 49.50%.

Maine has the highest percentage of registered voters of 77.10% (828,000) registered voters. Only nine states the District of Columbia have percentages of registered voters of 70% or higher.

Below is a table of each state’s total number of registered voters and the percentage of registered voters compared to the total population.

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Number Of Registered Voters By State

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State Number of Registered Voters % of Population

2020 Pop.

Maine                                           828,000                               77.10%                                 1,345,790

Mississippi                               1,599,000                               72.90%                                  2,989,260

Michigan                                  5,453,000                               71.20%                               10,045,029

North Dakota                             397,000                               70.90%                                    761,723

Kentucky                                 2,389,000                                70.90%                                 4,499,692

Minnesota                              3,000,000                                70.80%                                 5,700,671

Missouri                                  3,299,000                                70.60%                                6,169,270

Wisconsin                                3,129,000                               70.50%                                5,851,754

Montana                                    579,000                                70.40%                               1,086,759

Iowa                                         1,658,000                                69.80%                               3,179,849

Oregon                                    2,274,000                                69.10%                               4,301,089

Ohio                                        6,062,000                                 68.30%                            11,747,694

Vermont                                    343,000                                 68.10%                                 628,061

Kansas                                   1,449,000                                  67.40%                              2,910,357

New Hampshire                      726,000                                  67.20%                              1,371,246

Washington                          3,852,000                                  66.70%                              7,797,095

Alabama                               2,490,000                                  66.40%                              4,908,621

Maryland                              3,095,000                                  66.30%                             6,083,116

South Dakota                         429,000                                   66.20%                                903,027

Louisiana                             2,263,000                                   65.40%                            4,645,184

Pennsylvania                      6,469,000                                   65.20%                          12,820,878

North Carolina                   5,160,000                                   65.20%                          10,611,862

Virginia                                4,159,000                                   65.10%                            8,626,207

Alaska                                    337,000                                    64.40%                               734,002

Utah                                    1,443,000                                    64.20%                           3,282,115

Rhode Island                        532,000                                   64.20%                            1,056,161

West Virginia                        892,000                                   63.40%                            1,778,070

Indiana                              3,131,000                                    62.50%                            6,745,354

Wyoming                              268,000                                    62.40%                               567,025

Illinois                                6,068,000                                    62.40%                         12,659,682

Delaware                              472,000                                    62.40%                              982,895

South Carolina                 2,430,000                                    62.10%                           5,210,095

Oklahoma                        1,777,000                                     62.00%                           3,954,821

Nebraska                             883,000                                    61.90%                            1,952,570

Georgia                            4,840,000                                     61.70%                          10,736,059

New Jersey                      4,297,000                                     61.30%                             8,936,574

Massachusetts               3,345,000                                     61.30%                             6,976,597

Tennessee                      3,183,000                                     61.20%                             6,897,576

Connecticut                   1,726,000                                      60.90%                             3,563,077

Colorado                        2,645,000                                      60.80%                             5,845,526

Arizona                          3,262,000                                      60.80%                             7,378,494

New Mexico                     916,000                                      58.10%                             2,096,640

Idaho                                743,000                                      57.20%                             1,826,156

Florida                           9,435,000                                     56.00%                            21,992,985

Arkansas                       1,262,000                                     55.80%                             3,038,999

New York                      8,553,000                                     55.30%                            19,440,469

Texas                           11,634,000                                     55.20%                            29,472,295

Nevada                          1,277,000                                    55.00%                              3,139,658

California                   15,690,000                                     51.90%                            39,937,489

Hawaii                             523,000                                     49.50%                              1,412,687

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