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How politically engaged is Kansas?

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Election Day is Tuesday. Thank goodness.

In the midst of political whirlwinds from left and right, here’s some nonpartisan fun: Kansas ranks as the 11th most politically engaged state, according to a new comparison by WalletHub, a personal finance site.

Source: WalletHub

The ranking looked at each state’s share of registered voters, citizens who voted in the midterm elections and presidential elections, the percent change in citizens who voted in the 2012 elections versus 2008 elections and the political contributions per adult.

Mississippi had impressive political engagement among young adults. It snagged first place for that demographic with nearly two in three Mississippians ages 18 to 24 voted in the 2012 elections.

In Kansas, about one in three 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the 2012 elections. That puts Kansas at 39th in the country for that demographic.

Kansas snagged ninth place for elderly political engagement, with 78 percent of Kansas’ elderly population having voted in the 2012 election.

D.C. took first place for overall political engagement. But surprisingly, Kansas beat out New Hampshire in the ranking with New Hampshire being ranked 13th in the country despite being the first primary state.

Here are the top politically engaged states overall, according to the ranking:

1. District of Columbia

2. Wisconsin

3. Colorado

4. Maine

5. Minnesota

6. Massachusetts

7. Iowa

8. Virginia

9. Mississippi

10. Oregon

11. Kansas

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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