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MAP MONDAY: 2020’s States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day

MAP MONDAY: How well do voters represent the U.S. population and which states have the most representative turnout on Election Day?
We take a look in this week’s Map Monday.

As early voting commences in the Peach State, advocates and politicians alike are working to turnout every demographic for the November election, but it’s no secret that man are underrepresented because they simply don’t vote. Routinely absent from the polls are young, minority, and low-income citizens, but which states are worse?

Personal financial website WalletHub recently took a deep dive into the intricacies of voting and examined the distribution of the voting population in each of the 50 states to the distribution of the state’s total population by race, age and gender. Each demographic category was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the lowest absolute difference between the state voter distribution and the state population distribution. WalletHub used national voter distribution data for the country, plus four additional categories: employment status, family income, educational attainment and marital status – all of which came from the U.S. Census.

So, which states are best represented on Election Day?

We take a look in this week’s Map Monday.

Source: WalletHub

Best Overall Representation Worst Overall Representation
1. Maryland (94.56%)        41. Idaho (85.23%)
2. Virginia (94.13%)        42. Nebraska (85.08%)
3. Indiana (93.21%)         43. Hawaii (84.99%)
4. Pennsylvania (92.97%)    44. Kentucky (84.95%)
5. Minnesota (91.46%)       45. Illinois (84.11%)
6. Oregon (91.45%)          46. Washington (83.90%)
7. Massachusetts (91.37%)   47. Florida (83.62%)
8. Nevada (91.18%)          48. Tennessee (83.58%)
9. Wyoming (90.59%)         49. Kansas (82.35%)
10. New Jersey (90.46%)     50. South Dakota (78.87%)

Overall, Georgia ranked 39th in the nation for representativeness. Our overall score was 85.29 on the voter representation index.

  • For racial representativeness, Georgia scored 74.18 and ranked 40th in the nation.
  • For age representativeness, Georgia scored 85.96 and ranked 32nd in the nation.
  • For gender representativeness, Georgia scored 95.73 and ranked 17th in the nation.

Best Racial Representation Worst Racial Representation

1. Virginia (95.29%)       46. Illinois (68.60%)
2. Maryland (93.60%)       47. Kansas (67.93%)
3. South Carolina (91.23%) 48. Florida (67.31%)
4. Indiana (91.20%)        49. Kentucky (60.15%)
5. Nevada (90.43%)         50. South Dakota (59.83%)

Best Age Representation  Worst Age Representation

1. Kentucky (97.11%)     46. Arizona (82.18%)
2. Minnesota (93.85%)    47. Texas (81.57%)
3. Rhode Island (93.38%) 48. South Dakota (81.49%)
4. Pennsylvania (93.06%) 49. New Mexico (79.86%)
5. Maryland (92.97%)     50. Hawaii (77.02%)

Best Gender Representation Worst Gender Representation
1. Indiana (99.94%)        46. Kansas (93.88%)
2. Oregon (99.70%)         47. South Carolina (93.84%)
3. North Carolina (99.62%) 48. New Mexico (93.56%)
4. Utah (99.50%)           49. Arizona (93.54%)
5. Massachusetts (99.41%)  50. Washington (92.34%)

You can read the full methodology here.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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