2018’s States with the Most and Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms
Wallet Hub, Oct 30, 2018
Tuesday, November 6 is midterm election day in the U.S., and it’s your chance to have a say in who calls the shots in government— and on your wallet.
With the population of the U.S. eligible to vote estimated at over 227,000,000, it’s easy to wonder how much your individual vote counts. Although the U.S. gives all citizens age 18 or older the right to vote (aside from felons in most states), ballots carry different weights based on the state in which one lives. Take California, for instance. Its estimated population is nearly 66 times greater than Wyoming’s, yet each state has two seats in the Senate. In this case, less is more: California’s votes are weakened exponentially because each of its senators must represent tens of millions more residents.
However, the House of Representatives apportions its seats by population, so California has 53 while Wyoming has just one. When it comes to presidential elections, too, California has 55 electoral votes while Wyoming has three. Even in all these cases, though, an individual Wyoming voter still has a bit more influence than a California voter.
As Americans head to the polls, WalletHub has identified the states with the most and least influential voters in the country. We did so by calculating the number of elected officials in the federal government per adult population in each state for the most recent election years. They also conducted year-over-year comparisons of the same calculations….
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- Voting Power by State -- Hawaii 10th – Vote Power 1.49
- Senate Rankings – Hawaii 11th – Vote Power 1.78
- House Rankings – Hawaii 30th – Vote Power 1.78
- Gubernatorial Rankings -- Hawaii 12th – Vote Power 0.89