North Carolina Ranked As Having The 6th Most Powerful Voters In The 2020 Presidential Election

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With the 2020 election a little over a week away and voters’ influence varying from state to state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters.

In a presidential election, voter power varies widely by state. While all votes are theoretically counted equally — one person, one vote — the choices of swing-state citizens are more influential. It’s safe to assume that Alabama will vote Republican and California will vote Democratic in the upcoming election. In contrast, the electoral results of swing states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina are up in the air, giving their voters much more impact over the general election.

The site compared the relative clout of 2020 voters in swinging the presidency. In order to make the comparison, they calculated a ‘Voter Power Score’ (“win probabilities” calculated by fivethirtyeight.com, multiplied by the number of electors in each state, divided by the state’s population aged 18 and older).

Presidential Election – States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters (No. 1 = Most Powerful)

Rank  State Vote Power 
1 Alaska 239.22
2 Iowa 207.13
3 Ohio 193.54
4 Georgia 193.24
5 Arizona 124.84
6 North Carolina 117.16
7 Texas 109.08
8 Florida 97.53
9 New Hampshire 94.23
10 Montana 78.36
11 Maine 72.87
12 Nevada 65.29
13 Mississippi 63.22
14 Wisconsin 52.64
15 South Carolina 49.05
16 Pennsylvania 47.20
17 Kansas 43.38
18 Missouri 37.78
19 South Dakota 35.85
20 Michigan 32.64
21 Minnesota 32.28
22 Louisiana 26.94
23 Indiana 25.56
24 Utah 21.09
25 Tennessee 16.55
26 Colorado 15.99
27 Arkansas 15.53
28 Oregon 12.52
29 New Mexico 12.32
30 North Dakota 10.25
31 Alabama 9.43
32 West Virginia 6.98
33 Nebraska 6.85
34 Wyoming 6.75
35 Vermont 5.88
36 District of Columbia 5.19
37 Rhode Island 4.67
38 Kentucky 4.62
39 New Jersey 4.03
40 Delaware 3.90
41 Hawaii 3.59
42 Idaho 2.99
43 Connecticut 2.47
44 Oklahoma 2.33
45 Maryland 2.12
46 Illinois 2.03
47 Washington 2.02
48 Massachusetts 1.99
49 Virginia 1.95
50 New York 1.88
51 California 1.80

 

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