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Study: Georgia in Middle of Pack for Political Engagement


The polls have closed and results are coming trickling in this Election Day and the eyes of the nation will be on Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, among others. Voters have turned out in record numbers for advanced voting in many communities, but according to a recent study, Georgia is firmly in the middle of pack when it comes to the political engagement among its citizens. Jill Gonzalez is an analyst with the personal finance website WalletHub.

She says the state did best when it came to the percentage of people aged 18 to 24 voting, but was it number 41 when it came to voters 65 and older.

Analysts considered ten different factors to determine the list, including, percentage of registered voters, percentage of those who actually voted, political contributions, civic education, volunteering, and voter accessibility policies. Gonzalez says the U.S. in general ranks near the bottom in political engagement when compared to other developed nations, coming in at number 30 out of 35 nations.

Finances played a role, with 47% of voters with family incomes under $10,000 voted while 85% of families with incomes over $150,000 voted.

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