With the midterm elections just weeks away, folks are being constantly urged to get out and vote to make their voices heard, but the truth is too many people still sit home on Election Day. In fact, a lot of people are just simply not politically engaged at all, and that’s certainly true for some states more than others.

Well, WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Most and Least Politically Engaged States, judging the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 10 key factors of political engagement including registered voters in the 2016 presidential election and the 2014 midterm election, percentage of people who actually voted in those elections, political contributions and more.

With all that in mind, the District of Columbia was named the most politically engaged state, with a score of 79.19 out of 100. DC had the highest voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election and also highest total political contributions per adult population. 

Top Ten Most Politically Engaged States

1)Washington, 2)DC  3)Maine  4)Utah  5)Maryland  6)Washington  7)Wyoming 8 tie) Colorado 8) Montana 9)Virginia  10)Wisconsin

On the flipside, the least politically engaged state is New Mexico, scoring just a 21.88. New Mexico lands in the bottom five for registered voters in the 2016 presidential election and the percentage of actual voters in the 2016 election.

Ten Least Politically Engaged States

New Mexico...Hawaii...Alabama...Indiana...Tennessee...Mississippi...West Virginia...New York...Kentucky...South Dakota

Rhode Island,where politics is a sport, finished a surprising 29th. So while we love to complain and moan about things, it seems we're not very motivated about getting involved in change.


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