Report: SC one of least politically engaged states
While South Carolina saw a spike in new voter registrations ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, that may not be enough to change its ranking as one of the nation’s least politically engaged states.
The website Wallet Hub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on voter participation and found South Carolina had some of the lowest rankings. The Palmetto State finished 40th in the standings, released Thursday.
Wallet Hub looked at the percentage of registered voters in each state before the 2016 presidential election, the percentage of the electorate who voted in 2014 and 2016, the change in voter participation between 2012 and 2016, and total political contributions per adult in a state’s population. In that last category, South Carolina, a poor state, finished dead last.
The only states with overall worse levels of political participation than South Carolina were Texas, South Dakota, Kentucky, New York, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Hawaii and New Mexico.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the nation’s capital had the highest ranking for political engagement. The District of Columbia ranked on top in Wallet Hub’s study with an overall score of 79 out of a possible 100. South Carolina’s score was 34.5
The most politically engaged state was Maine, followed by Utah, Maryland, Washington and Wyoming.
South Carolina’s education woes may play into its low levels of political engagement.
When ranked against other factors, the same study charts South Carolina as the 37th least educated state. West Virginia ranked at the bottom, while D.C. came out on top again, followed by Massachusetts.
South Carolina also trails in its state gross domestic product – or GDP – per resident, ranking 46th, Wallet Hub found. Mississippi is last, while D.C. again was first, followed by Massachusetts.
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