WALLETHUB | Voters in North Carolina are among the most powerful in the nation in the upcoming general election in swinging the presidency and Senate, according to a WalletHub study released today.

With the 2020 election a little over a week away and voters’ influence varying from state to state, according to the report, 2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters.

WalletHub compared the relative clout of 2020 voters in swinging the presidency and Senate. In order to make such a comparison, WalletHub calculated a Voter Power Score for each state and for each type of election.

Most Powerful Voters – Presidential ElectionMost Powerful Voters – Senate Elections
1. Alaska1. Alaska
2. Iowa2. Montana
3. Ohio3. Maine
4. Georgia4. Iowa
5. Arizona5. Kansas
6. North Carolina6. Alabama
7. Texas7. South Carolina
8. Florida8. Mississippi
9. New Hampshire9. North Carolina
10. Montana10. Colorado
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Some votes carry more weight than others simply because of the somewhat complicated way our voting system is organized. Members of Congress are elected by direct popular vote. But the president is chosen by the Electoral College, a group selected by voters when they cast a ballot for commander-in-chief.

In a presidential election, voter power varies widely by state. While all votes are theoretically counted equally — one person, one vote — the choices of swing-state citizens are more influential.

It’s safe to assume that Alabama will vote Republican and California will vote Democratic in the upcoming election. In contrast, the electoral results of swing states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan are up in the air, giving their voters more impact.

The same principle applies to voter power in the Senate. For example, it’s extremely likely that a Republican senator from Kentucky and a Democratic senator from Delaware will both be re-elected. But voters’ choices for senators in swing states hold much more power because they determine which political party controls the Senate.

So which states will decide the outcome of the upcoming election? As American voters head to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect the next leader of the free world as well as new senators in certain states, WalletHub compared the relative influence of voters in both the presidential and Senate races. In order to make such a comparison, we calculated a Voter Power Score for each state and for each type of election.

Presidential elections

States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters (No. 1 = Most Powerful)

Rank StateVote Power 
1Alaska239.22
2Iowa207.13
3Ohio193.54
4Georgia193.24
5Arizona124.84
6North Carolina117.16
7Texas109.08
8Florida97.53
9New Hampshire94.23
10Montana78.36
11Maine72.87
12Nevada65.29
13Mississippi63.22
14Wisconsin52.64
15South Carolina49.05
16Pennsylvania47.20
17Kansas43.38
18Missouri37.78
19South Dakota35.85
20Michigan32.64
21Minnesota32.28
22Louisiana26.94
23Indiana25.56
24Utah21.09
25Tennessee16.55
26Colorado15.99
27Arkansas15.53
28Oregon12.52
29New Mexico12.32
30North Dakota10.25
31Alabama9.43
32West Virginia6.98
33Nebraska6.85
34Wyoming6.75
35Vermont5.88
36District of Columbia5.19
37Rhode Island4.67
38Kentucky4.62
39New Jersey4.03
40Delaware3.90
41Hawaii3.59
42Idaho2.99
43Connecticut2.47
44Oklahoma2.33
45Maryland2.12
46Illinois2.03
47Washington2.02
48Massachusetts1.99
49Virginia1.95
50New York1.88
51California1.80
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Senate elections