According to a new survey conducted by WalletHub, West Virginia is the state with the most powerful voters in House elections.
With the midterm elections only a week away, WalletHub has released its report on ‘2018’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms’. WalletHub said they determined which states had the most and least powerful voters by calculating the number of elected officials in the federal government per adult population in each state for the most recent election years. WalletHub also said that they conducted year-over-year comparisons of the same calculations. This data was used to rank each state by “vote power”.
According to this study, West Virginia is the state that has the most powerful voters for House elections, with a vote power of 4.15. The state with the second most powerful voters in House elections was New Mexico with a vote power of 3.75.
West Virginia was ranked as state with the 9th most powerful voters overall and an overall vote power of 1.56. According to WalletHub, the overall vote power was calculated by the following formula:
Overall Vote Power = Full Senate Vote Power + Full House Vote Power + Full Gubernatorial Vote Power
West Virginia was ranked 15th in Senate Vote Power, and 18th in Gubernatorial Vote Power.
For more information on where other states’ voting power ranked in the study, visit WalletHub’s website here.