With Black History Month and primary season in full swing, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Highest Political Engagement Among African Americans as well as accompanying videos.
To determine where black Americans are most engaged in the political process, WalletHub compared 49 states across six key metrics. They include black voter turnout and registration during the most recent midterm and presidential elections as well as the proportional representation of blacks in the state legislature and national party conventions.
|States Where Blacks Are Most Politically Engaged||States Where Blacks Are Least Politically Engaged|
|1. Minnesota||40. Kansas|
|2. Ohio||41. Nebraska|
|3. South Carolina||42. Hawaii|
|4. Missouri||43. Rhode Island|
|5. Massachusetts||44. Tennessee|
|6. Delaware||45. West Virginia|
|7. New Jersey||46. Vermont|
|8. Mississippi||47. Utah|
|9. Georgia||48. North Dakota|
|10. Texas||49. South Dakota|
Comparing the States with the Highest & Lowest Engagement
- Colorado had the highest black voter turnout during the 2016 presidential election, 74.25% of voters, which was three times greater than in Vermont, the state with the lowest at 25.00% of voters.
- Idaho had the highest black voter turnout during the 2018 midterm elections, 75.00% of voters, which was 5.2 times greater than in South Dakota, the state with the lowest at 14.29% of voters.
- Maine had the highest black voter registration during the 2016 presidential election, 90.00%, which was two times greater than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest at 44.44%.
- Idaho had the highest black voter registration during the 2018 midterm elections, 100%, which was 3.6 times greater than in Utah, the state with the lowest at 27.59%.
- A total of 23 states, including Arizona, Nebraska and Washington, currently have no black representatives, while Delaware has the most.
- Oregon has the highest percentage of black delegates per total delegates in national party conventions, which is 13.6 times greater than in Rhode Island, the state with the lowest.
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