DENVER, Colo. - A new report from the nonprofit group "America Goes to the Polls" shows that Colorado has been ranked in the top five states for voter turnout in three consecutive presidential elections.
In the 2016 election, Colorado had the fourth highest voter turnout in the U.S. with 72.1 percent of registered voters casting their ballots. Colorado ranked behind Minnesota (74.8 percent), Maine (72.8 percent) and New Hampshire (72.5 percent). Wisconsin came in fifth, with 70.5 percent turnout.
The national voter turnout was 60.2 percent.
Colorado's status as a battleground state and direct citizen participation in decisions is key to its ranking, according to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
“Being a battleground state always helps, of course, but that’s not enough,” Williams said. “Colorado's trust in the people and our policies and practices also drive up turnout."
Williams also pointed to the high percentage of eligible voters in Colorado, as well as the state's commitment to voter registration.
“Colorado is really in an elite group of the top five states,” said George Pillsbury, senior consultant for Nonprofit VOTE and the author of “America Goes to the Polls,” a joint effort between Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project. "It really shows what’s possible if the state enacts policies that help promote voter participation, as well as develop a strong civic culture of encouraging voter turnout.”
The full report is available at www.americagoestothepolls.org.