Minnesota Led Nation in Voter Turnout in 2012 (Will We Repeat in 2016?)
Minnesota voters flocked to the polls for the last presidential election, leading the nation in voter turnout with a whopping 76% of eligible voters casting a ballot in 2012. Will we repeat tomorrow? Speculation is mixed regarding 2016 turnout nationwide.
Many feel that 2016 voter turnout across the country will be low, feeling that Americans are frustrated with what they feel are poor choices for president. Others argue that turnout will be high because this presidential election is especially divisive.
Time will tell, but high or low nationwide -- I hope Minnesota shows up in droves to take part in the American democratic process. We're kinda on a hot-streak. Besides 2012, Minnesota has led voter turnout for the presidential elections in 2008, 2004, and 2000 too.
Top-Five Voter Turnout States in 2012
- Minnesota: 76.0%
- Wisconsin: 72.9%
- Iowa: 70.3%
- New Hampshire: 70.2%
- Colorado: 69.9% (Was recreational pot on the ballot in 2012?) :)
How did Minnesota's Other Neighbors Turnout in 2012?
- North Dakota: 61.1%
- South Dakota: 60.1%
The five states with the lowest voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election were: Hawaii (44.2%) West Virginia (46.3%), Oklahoma (49.2%), Texas (49.6%), and Arkansas (50.7%).