Wallethub: Wyoming Has the Most Powerful Voters
As Americans head to the polls tomorrow, WalletHub has identified Wyoming as the state with the most and least influential voters in the country. California had the least influential voters in the country.According to Wallethub.com the survey calculated the number of elected officials in the federal government per adult population in each state for the most recent election years. They also conducted year-over-year comparisons of the same calculations.
For this particular study, Wallethub counted only the population aged 18 or older. While elected state officials represent everyone in their states, the purpose of this study is to rank the relative influence of voters across states. However, our data was not able to account for the limited number of state laws that allow 17-year-old residents to vote and/or bar prisoners or felons from doing so.
- Presidential Election – Full Weight: Number of Electors in Each State/Total Population Aged 18 or Older in 2012
- Senate Elections – Half Weight: Number of Senators in Each State/Projected Population Aged 18 or Older in 2014
- House Elections – Half Weight: Number of Representatives in Each State/Projected Population Aged 18 or Older in 2014
The top five states were Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The bottom five states were Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas and California.