The Golden Ballot Award for 2012 – Who Will Win in 2016?

I’ve noted in two posts about the 86.8% USA national voting percentage of REGISTERED voters.

I suppose it would be a good thing to give some kind of recognition to the top states in Registered Voting Percentage. And let’s call the recognition The 2012 Golden Ballot Award.

Ten states turned out more than 90.0%, folks!   Ten states n all did better than 90%, and this blog post is to recognize their great achievement of getting at least 9 out of every 10 voters to the polls.  WELL DONE!

And The Winner IS….

The top percentage and The 2012 Golden Ballot Award goes to Colorado, with 94.69% registered voters who cast a ballot in 2012.   Way to freaking GO! They have some seriously committed citizens in the Rockies.

Wisconsin came in a close second, at 94.24%.  Wisconsin thus wins The 2012 Silver Ballot Award.  Close but no cigar – but maybe in 2016.  A tip of the hat to Wisconsin.

Minnesota, with 92.67% won The 2012 Bronze Ballot Award.  92% is fabulous. Let’s see what Minnesotans can do in 2016!

I am color-coding the states here as to Red, Blue , or Swing states.

The other states with over 90.0% were Wyoming (92.16%), Delaware (91.70%), New Hampshire (91.49%), Idaho (91.40%), Oregon (90.94%), Washington DC (90.91%), and Maryland (90.34%).

Those are ALL seriously good numbers, folks.  Registered voter apathy?  I don’t think it exists in those ten states.

And those aren’t ALL.  NINE other states topped the 89% mark!  Six of them are even over 89.5%.  Those nine states include Massachusetts which just BARELY missed the 90.0% mark with 89.97%.  After Massachusetts came Utah (89.81%), Washington (89.752%), New Mexico (89.775%), Virginia (89.74%), Montana (89.51%), Nevada (89.12%), Connecticut (89.09%), and Florida (89.07%).

No registered voter apathy in any of those states, either.

Think of THAT folks, NINETEEN states turned out better than 89% of their registered voters.

In fact, only two states failed to achieve the 80.0% mark – Oklahoma (79.24%) and West Virginia (70.26%).  Even though those states seem to have done badly, a month ago if anyone had told me that the registered voter percentage for ANY state was as high as 70%, I’d have been fairly pleased.


  1. Swing states would be fairly likely to have had high percentages, given how hotly those states were contested.  In that regard, two of the top 10 states (90%ers) were – Colorado, our #1, and New Hampshire.
  2. Red states also had two among the Top 10 – Wyoming, at $4, and Idaho, at #7.
  3. Blue states made up the bulk of the Top 10, with 6 of them – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, Oregon, Washington DC, and Maryland.
  4. In the 89%ers there were two Red states (UT and MT), and three Swing states, VA, NV, and FL.  Four Blue states turned out over 89% but below 90%.  It’s amazing how close so many states were in these percentages for 2012.
  5. The lowest 8 states were Red states, and 8 out of 9.  Missouri at 83.27% was the only swing state to break the Bottom 10.  This 8 out of 9 suggests that – even for registered voters – perhaps the voter ID states are, indeed,  inhibiting the expression of the right to vote by individuals.  If so, not all Red states are doing that.
  6. The closest to the national average of 86.8% was New York, at 86.36%.

I am pretty damned happy to see that Americans DO VOTE.  That is, once they register.

We have to encourage states to register their voters more completely.  When 49 out of 51 states (including DC) vote at above 80% rates, we should be quite proud of our voting record.

But at the same time, in the off-year election in 2014, 40 million less voters went to the polls nationally.  THAT is pretty bad.  That was a drop-off of 30% of the voters.  THAT I’d suggesst is both the problem with the voters (relative apathy without a Presidential race), and also with the PARTIES and their machinery. Somehow no one booted enough voters in the butt.

One would think that the vote percentages and totals should be close to 2012 numbers again, especially without an incumbent President and the Oval Office there for the taking.  So, let’s see which states get into the Top 10 Golden Ballot Award race in 2016.


One response to “The Golden Ballot Award for 2012 – Who Will Win in 2016?

  1. Pingback: WE’RE #6, HEY! WE’RE #6! — Voter Turnout Rates – Again | Feet2TheFire and his bloggie thingie

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