Election 2012

States With Same-Day Voter Registration and Swing-State Status Had Highest Turnout in November

Minnesota highest turnout, Hawaii the lowest


The recipe for higher voter turnout in the 2012 election was simple: take same-day voter registration, mix thoroughly with swing-state status.

Seven of the 10 states with the highest turnout in 2012 had one of those two factors or both, according to a report released Monday by Nonprofit VOTE. The states with election day registration had turnout rates 12 percentage points higher than states without it, and the ten swing states had turnout seven points greater than states without it.