Study lists most and least politically engaged states; see where Oklahoma ranks

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While many Oklahomans are heading to the polls on Tuesday, experts say the number of voters has been declining over the past 50 years.

According to WalletHub, 15 of the first 25 statewide primary elections this year reported record low voter turnouts.

Overall, only 14.8 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in 2014.

WalletHub analyzed each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia using six key metrics to determine which states were the most politically engaged.

Some of those metrics include percentage of registered voters in the 2012 presidential election and the total political contributions per adult populations.

According to the data, Oklahoma had one of the lowest percentage of citizens who voted in the 2010 midterm elections, one of the lowest percentage of citizens who voted in the 2012 presidential elections and one of the smallest changes in citizens who voted in the 2012 elections compared to the 2008 elections.

The country’s most politically engaged states are as follows:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Colorado
  3. Minnesota
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Maine
  7. Iowa
  8. Mississippi
  9. Montana
  10. Oregon

The country’s least politically engaged states are as follows:

42.  Arizona
43. Arkansas
44. Nevada
45. Indiana
46. Tennessee
47. Utah
48. Texas
49. Hawaii
50. Oklahoma
51. West Virginia.

Researchers say they also saw a correlation between voters annual income and their voting history.

“During the 2008 presidential election, only 41 percent of eligible voters making less than $15,000 a year voted, compared to 78 percent of those making $150,000 a year or more,” according to the Center for Voting and Democracy.

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