This fall, millions of Americans will cast their ballots to help determine who will be the president of the United States. With that in mind, political engagement has some increased importance right now, and the participation of certain demographic groups will play a large role in determining the results.
In 2020, Black voters will account for about 12% of the national electorate. But, in some states, the Black population is more politically engaged than in others.
In a recent study, personal finance website WalletHub determined the political engagement of African Americans in each state using six metrics: Black voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election, Black voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, Black voter registration for the 2016 presidential election, Black voter registration for the 2018 midterm elections, the proportional representation of Black people in the state legislature, and proportional representation of Black people in national party conventions. Montana was not included in the study because of data limitations.
Among all 50 states, Minnesota was found to have the highest political engagement among its Black population, earning an overall score of 75.82. Helping Minnesota earn its top ranking was its high percentage of Black legislative representatives per Black population, which was tied for best in the country with five other states: Delaware, Colorado, Nevada, Missouri and Wisconsin. To see where your state placed in the overall rankings, click here.