Report: Tennessee ranks 45th in voter engagement

As early voters prepare to head to the polls this week, a new study by personal finance site WalletHub finds Tennessee ranks sixth from the bottom in terms of voter engagement.

The rankings place Tennessee above only West Virginia, Alabama, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Hawaii. The most engaged voters were found in Maine, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, and Wyoming.

Tennessee’s rating was determined by looking at six categories as the compare with the rest of the country:

  • Percentage of registered voters in 2016 presidential election: 37th.
  • Percentage of electorate who voted in 2018 midterm elections: 39th.
  • Percentage of electorate who voted in 2016 presidential election: 48th.
  • Change in percentage of electorate who voted in 2016 elections vs. 2012 elections: 33rd.
  • Total political contributions per adult population: 30th.
  • Voter accessibility policies: 35th.

33 Responses to Report: Tennessee ranks 45th in voter engagement

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    I’ve always thought that too many people voted rather than not enough people voted so I am fine with Tennessee being down in the rankings “in terms of voter engagement” and only wish we were lower still.

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    Gail McPeak says:

    I know you know all things Stuart, but this is obscenely arrogant, even for you. Must be lonely up there at the top . . ……………….

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      he apparently has so much money he is fine with just land owning males with a net worth of $800k or more voting….which is strangely the same amount we owe each descendant of slaves….hmmmmm

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    Norma says:

    A democracy is only as strong as its voters. When voters don’t perform their civic duty of voting, it becomes easier for small groups of fanatics to take over a country. The fanatics change the rules to make it more difficult for people to vote by cutting the number of polling places, making it harder for voters to register to vote, purging voter rolls on dubious grounds, and requiring voter ID’s that are harder for perceived political opponents to obtain. Simultaneously the fanatics intimidate political opponents to remove all opposition. Anyone opposed to voters actually voting should take a look at Belarus, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and countless other “democracies”. That’s where the U.S. is headed if voters don’t wake up and exercise their most important right as a citizen – voting.

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      MARLE says:

      Their civic duty is to be an INFORMED voter.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Of course, that’s nonsense Norma. The civic duty that should come before voting is to be reasonably well informed so that you can cast a rational vote. Now I will admit that when people become better informed they might not show up at the polls like zombies and vote for Democrats in the numbers you like but that’s what happens when you have an informed electorate.

      The reduction in the number of polling places more often than not takes place in Democratic run cities because of the incompetence and the financial mismanagement we so often find in Democratic run cities. Thankfully readers can judge how difficult it is to register to vote and obtaining an ID. Finally, purging dead people and those who have moved from the voter rolls, even though they can no longer mysteriously appear and vote for Democrats, is not exactly knee capping democracy.

      I know, it’s not easy being a liberal. You have to make up fairy tales then convincingly tell the fairy tales to others in order to create you own reality. That’s tough.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        If there are any zombies in America, Stuart, they are the ditto-head morons who get every thought in their low-IQ heads from conservative talk radio, Sean Hannity and the woefully stupid and incompetent Donald Trump. Better informed and better educated individuals are far more likely to vote for a liberal than a selfish, grasping, mean-spirited, unAmerican, racist, homophobic right winger. Collège educated voters are overwhelmingly voting “liberal,” as you well know. The exceptions are people like you who profit from the dunderheads who somehow cannot grasp that the 1 percent are playing them for fools.

        It is very easy to be a liberal. We don’t buy fairy tales about trickle down economics, we don’t subscribe to “alternative facts,” we don’t have problems with a clear conscience because we don’t sneer at compassion or human decency or equal rights for everyone. Liberals have produced every single positive advancement in this nation’s history, from the American Revolution to ending slavery to outlawing child labor to women’s suffrage to advancing civil rights to expanding health care, etc., etc. etc., and conservatives (reactionaries) like you have bitched and whined and fought every advancement every inch of the way, and still do.

        You have continually made a damn fool out of yourself parroting nonsense about Democratic run cities–the engines of America’s economic greatness that contribute far more of the budget to beggar states like Tennessee than they ever receive.

        An informed electorate is about to hand the corrupt, inept, incompetent, dishonest, hate-mongering far right wing Trump and his spineless coward enablers their heads in three weeks. And you and your fellow greed masters can sit at your foreign-owned, money-manipulating, and ultimately non-productive counting house and cry in your brandy.

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          MARLE says:

          How do you know Stuart isn’t IN the 1%?

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            MARLE says:

            You break into that at a net worth of merely 11M

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            Perry Aubric says:

            He is, Marle. that’s why like loves the uninformed dittohead morons.

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            MARLE says:

            The 1% ers don’t care which party is in power. Didn’t you hear Trump thank Biden for the tax code that allowed him to pay $750 in taxes for 2 years running? We have a progressive tax code which enslaves those college educated making between $400-700K. After that we have a veritable Flat Tax with so many loopholes that the uber rich pay no where near what the “barely rich” or the “merely rich” pay

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Actually Perry what will manage to keep me going if the ladies in the suburbs cause the left to carry the day because Trump reminds them of some bad dates they had when they were single is the fact that the Wall Street geniuses who manage the billions are one of the primary funders of the Biden campaign as well as the Democratic Party. It so happens that as I write I have a substantial portion of my net worth tied up in the market. I therefore conclude that for two years the Democrats will bring much destruction to this county but the market should do well and if the market does well. . . . .

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            MARLE says:

            Since the Republicans have signed on to the notion of Debt being acceptable (not just covid debt either), and the Fed can print money and hold down the Fed rate which means investors have no recourse but the market…….The Dems have Free Reign to do as much spending as they want and the market will go up.

            When you put borrowed/printed-out-of-whole cloth money into the hands of the “little people” you might as well just transfer it into the leading companies in the Market and, by extension, into the hands of their investors.

            See, Stuart And Perry why it makes ZERO difference to the 1%ers which party wins and why it may be just slightly better to have Dems in control. The only tax dollars they will raise will be on the backs of the “merely rich” or “barely rich” but it will not be from the 1%.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    We rank 45th or close by in most everything here in Tennessee. Except for the paychecks we give to the Big Cheese appointed politicians at the state level.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Oh Cannoneer, we must rank down there in terms of taxation of the productive citizenry which is something for which those of us in that cohort should be eternally grateful.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        Too bad you are so unproductive yourself, Stuart, as you contribute noting tangible to our society.

        Easier to have low taxes when such a huge portion of our state budget comes from the federal government and from larger “blue” states. Tennessee is a federal welfare case, getting far more than it contributes. But corporate giveaways and red-state handouts are just fine with the Stuart’s of the world. But helping a poor person with food or utilities or basic needs is just a bridge too far for them.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Perry, people who are retired aren’t unproductive. They are simply living off the income they earned during their working lives that they saved while they did work because they were disciplined and were able to engage in gratification postponement. That is an attribute the value of which voters who vote Democratic don’t seem to appreciate. (I know you won’t respond by attempting to enchant me with the beauties of Social Security which the government forced me to sign up for against my will as a precocious teenager.)

          This federal government should be relegated to its constitutionally mandated enumerated powers which would result in little money going to the states which would suit me just fine. This nonsense of the federal government sending money that it borrows from China or the federal reserve simply creates to the states that are limited by the balanced budget requirements in the state constitutions will lead to our eventual ruination. But that won’t happen for awhile. If you have kids or grandkids Perry, wish them the best of luck for me.

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            Perry Aubric says:

            Oh, please. Get of these tired talk radio talking points. Liberals (not necessarily the same as “Democrats,” Rush Limbaugh propaganda notwithstanding) have a very high set of standards, one of which is not to overlook pussy-grabbing and porn star payoffs in favor of favorable tax treatment. And the Social Security program was enacted and settled as a part of American life, what, 80 years ago or so? Get over it, miser.

            I retired at 50 after selling my job-producing business and have lived off investments since then. The difference in you and me is that I don’t have an I-got-mine-to-hell-with-you mentality. You do. That’s why you put so much store in a ratings system based almost exclusively on 1 percenter rich-get-richer “issues.” Basic decency, a society that looks out for its most vulnerable, equality for women and minorities and gay Americans, not letting people go broke for getting sick–these are values. Sorry your grasping materialism has no room for them.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Actually Perry the only difference between us is that it’s very important to you that you regard yourself as the most virtuous person in any group you happen to find yourself in and with your concept of virtue firmly in mind you want to have the government force us all to grow up to be just like Perry Aubric. [Attn Gail McPeak: Perry Aubric is “arrogant” rather than what I have written to begin this thread.] Your have a humorless authoritarian personality Perry with what I regard as an unhealthy affection for coercion as long as it is wrapped in noble intentions all of which leads to an increasingly dependent and growing underclass and a nation with decreasing standard of living for the majority along with much less personal freedom.

            As a welcome contrast to that grim picture I have a healthy libertarian streak in me that wants to see wealth distributed according to merit with a maximization of personal freedom that comes with a carefully restrained government with limited powers that will leave the wealth of this nation in the hands of those who earn that wealth as much as possible. I sort of tear up just writing those words it sounds so beautiful.

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            MARLE says:

            Stuart…..our standard of living has declined? Really? What source for that? Given that no one saves a dime and the poor and not-so-poor are subsidized how on earth has the standard of living declined?

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            MARLE says:

            And this “game” we are all playing called quasi-capitalism is a board game of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. I am sure Stuart doesn’t like much of the civil rights legislation and I am certain he doesn’t like affirmative action. I don’t mind either and both of my sons seem to have navigated both just fine in the white, mid-40’s adult lives.

            But until those who (long overdue) benefitted from both of those legislations start building generational wealth that comes from delayed gratification in the interest of building a legacy of wealth many are not going to move much past hand-to-mouth existence.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Indeed, we have lived off of the highs of monetary stimulus and government deficit spending and entitlement programs that are out of control all of which simply cannot continue forever. Within a few years servicing our debt will consume much of the income received by the government – debasement of our currency is the only answer and this Chinese flu will only hasten the day. We are out of control. History says this won’t end well.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Congratulations to your sons. Perhaps there are Caucasian and even Asian parents and individuals who, however, are not as content with the outrageous and increasing racial/sexual allocations of jobs and promotions that only leads to increasing resentments and tribalization of society. All of which can’t possibly hurt me and it thus far hasn’t hurt you but it’s unhealthy and this continued obsession with immutable characteristics of people certainly wasn’t the way it was supposed to be over 55 years from Martin Luther King’s speech on the Mall that was supposed to be the theme for where this country was headed. How far we have strayed from that destination.

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            MARLE says:

            I didn’t say that I believe affirmative action should be an initiative that goes on ad infinitum.
            This has been in practice since 1980 and 40 years means 3 full generations have benefitted from it. My grandfather had a 3d grade education; he “married up” wedding a woman who had an additional 5 years. Within 2 generations every grandchild had a college degree. Another generation produced great grandchildren with advanced degrees and commensurate salaries. 40 years is plenty.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stewart, after reading all the above posts, I have to say…you have one twisted mind. It just amazes me how you can be so verbose and never come across with anything that adds to the conversation. You have all these mysterious, liberal boogeymen clouding your vision. If you could just get past that “anything liberal is evil” veil you wrap yourself in you might actually enjoy life for a while.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Well, I have just marked my absentee ballot for three Republicans, one independent, and one Democrat.

    The other night, I was sitting with my mother, who is in the middle stage of dementia, and her TV was on. She took a look at Biden on TV and laughed and told me he has dementia. She knows she has it and, I guess, recognizes it when she sees it. She thinks Jimmy Swaggart is running for president. I don’t know what that’s about.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Come on Donna, stop tooling us around! You led us this far why don’t you tell us who the Republicans are who didn’t get your vote. I bet it was Ogles and Scott Cepicky. Right? But vote Democrat – that’s a pretty desperate move. I hope it was the Democrat instead of Ogles. I would hate to have a Democrat replace Scott. If you want to mess up your county that’s OK since I don’t live there but the State House is another matter.

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        Donna Locke says:

        I didn’t vote for Cepicky. Among other things, he has big plans to get this county onto the financial hook for a development that will certainly please a few private profiteers. A development I doubt Cepicky thought of himself. I suspect the Farm Bureau here is in cahoots.

        County mayor is not on this ballot, but I won’t be voting for Ogles for anything.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    And the latest Republican dirty trick in the area of vote tampering is the scheme of “Harvesting Ballots” where they will collect the ballots from a certain church or other collection point and then turn them in to a “real” voting place. Even Trump was against it and spoke out about it before he realized how it could help him and the GOP cheat just a little more and tamper with the vote totals. The GOP now says this is legal and they are ignoring a cease and desist order from the attorney general of the State of California and announced today that they will continue with this practice. You can’t trust a (R).

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