Pat yourselves on the back, Minnesota.
The Gopher State led the nation in voter turnout this year with 55.4 percent of eligible voters casting ballots, according to a compilation by Larry Sabato, professor and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
It helps, of course, that Minnesota had exciting races up and down the ballot. The governor’s race was so close it went to a recount, and there were tightly-contested House races in three of the state’s eight congressional districts. Not to mention the state House and Senate seats, where voters flipped so many seats that control of both chambers went from DFL to GOP.
On the other hand, perhaps this can simply be explained by Minnesotans’ above-average sense of civic duty. After all, as Sabato notes, Minnesota was tops in voter turnout in 2008 as well.