Illinois Middle of the Pack on Voter Engagement

Nov 7, 2016

Illinois ranks right in the middle of the pack, 23rd, when it comes to voter engagement.  That's according to a recent study from Wallet Hub. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says voter registration and turnout, and campaign contributions were taken into account.

She also looked at factors like age, GDP, and whether a state is considered to be solidly Democratic or Republican.  Gonzalez says that may contribute to trends in Illinois.

"I think that it really does come down to the state leaning, to be blue, a lot of times when it comes to presidential elections. And some voters feel like they have maybe less of a say, maybe that their vote doesn't count as much. And that can  be either if they're voting for either a blue or a red candidate."

Even if you feel that way, there's an item on every ballot that's not partisan: A proposal to amend the state  constitution.  Illinois ranked the same, 34th, when it came to whether those registered actually voted in the both the midterm and the last presidential election.