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Census looks at 2012 Elections: Hawaii Worst Voter Registration, 2nd Worst Voter Participation
By Andrew Walden @ 9:51 PM :: 5105 Views :: Office of Elections

by Andrew Walden

US Census figures released May 8 show that Hawaii has the lowest percentage of citizen population registered to vote and the second lowest percentage of eligible voter turnout.  West Virginia, which like Hawaii had no real competition in the Presidential race, was the only state with a lower percentage of eligible voters turning out.  Utah, which like Hawaii is dominated by a single political party, had the second-lowest percentage of registered voters.  The complete state-by-state stats may be seen here: LINK.  Other detailed tables on voter participation may be seen here: LINK.

Public commentary on Hawaii's poor voter participation focuses on making voting easier--procedures which almost always entail opening the door to greater voter fraud.  But clearly the nationwide figures show that lack of political competition drives low voter turnout.  Hawaii will improve voter participation when Hawaii has a politically competitive two party system.

Table 4a.  Reported Voting and Registration of the Citizen Voting-Age Population, for States: November 2012 (in thousands)
STATE Total Population Total Citizen Population Registered Voted
Total registered Percent registered
Margin of Error 1 Percent registered
Margin of Error  Total voted Percent voted
Margin of Error  Percent voted
Margin of Error 
UNITED STATES 235,248 215,081 153,157 65.1 0.3 71.2 0.3 132,948 56.5 0.3 61.8 0.3


1,013 930 547


2.4 58.9 2.5 480 47.4 2.4 51.6 2.6


1,917 1,793 1,138 59.4 2.3 63.5 2.4 1,022 53.3 2.4 57.0 2.4


1,452 1,442 982 67.6 2.2 68.1 2.2 690 47.5 2.4 47.8 2.4
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, November 2012
1 This figure added to or subtracted from the estimate provides the 90-percent confidence interval.
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