Hawaii’s voter turnout last year ranked it at No. 32 across the country.

That’s up from the No. 36 position we held in 2010, according to a new analysis from Nonprofit VOTE.

All told, Hawaii had a turnout of 36.5 percent among citizen eligible voters in 2014.

Still, that’s a far cry from top-ranked Maine, which saw 58.5 percent of its eligible voters going to the polls. Wisconsin was not far behind, followed by Colorado, Alaska and Oregon.

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States with election day registration.

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The worst turnout — 28.8 percent — was in Indiana, with Texas, New York, Tennessee and Nevada not doing much better.

After adjusting for population growth, however, the District of Columbia, Louisiana and Wisconsin had the largest increase in voter turnout: increases of 21 percent, 13 percent and 8 percent in 2014. Hawaii saw a 9 percent drop in this category, ranking it at No. 25 in the nation.

A key factor in voter turnout appears to be whether a state has election day registration, something seven of the Top 10 states allow. Hawaii will have that distinction in 2018.

(UPDATE: The state Office of Elections informs me that people will be able register to vote at early votes sites starting 2016. Early vote sites are open during a 10-day prior to each election.)

Online voter registration seems to help as well, something the Nonprofit VOTE report says 24 states have implemented or passed legislation to allow for online paperless voter registration. (Hawaii is one of those states that hasn’t implemented it yet, but the Office of Elections tells me it should be available next year.)

To get a good voter turnout, it also helps to have competitive statewide races.



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