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Tennessee Ranks Virtually Dead Last In Voter Turnout

Aug 9, 2016

Tennessee has had some of the lowest voter turnout of any state in the nation. That's according to a new analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts, which shows the state ranking virtually at the bottom for the last few election cycles.

Only 29 percent of voters went to the polls in 2014 — a six percent drop from 2010.

Though the totals were not included in this report, turnout was even lower in last week's local elections, though voters like Donna Coss of South Nashville made sure to cast a ballot.

"We just think it's important, and you can't gripe if you don't vote," she said with a laugh.

The new Pew research finds that Tennessee ranked 50th in voter turnout in the most recent year data is available. But since the figures include Washington D.C., that's not actually dead last. Texas is the state that came in 51st.

Tennessee fares better on voter registration, which was at 74 percent and a ranking of 40th in the nation.

Click through the state's complete profile here, where Pew has also ranked states based on something researchers are calling an "elections performance index."

Turnout could turn around this year. The March 1st Presidential Primary set a record.