Financial website WalletHub has released a study about how much your vote counts.
"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," the study intro says.
This study ranked the "relative influence of voters in both the presidential and Senate races" based on a calculated Voter Power Score. (We'll let you check out the specific and somewhat complex methodology to determine the scores at wallethub.com.)
Based on the overall numbers, Ohio is the third most powerful state in terms of voting in the presidential election. (We aren't ranked on the Senate race map.)
The top 10 most powerful presidential voting states are:
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
The least influential voters? Those in Virginia, New York and California, with the Golden State coming in last.
You can also head to the study site to see what a handful of experts have to say about the following six questions:
- Do you think it’s fair that each state is represented by only two senators, regardless of population?
- What are the consequences of having so many gerrymandered, uncompetitive House districts? How does this impact governance?
- Should we reform the Electoral College system? If so, how?
- Should we reform how votes are apportioned in Congress (both the House and the Senate)? If so, how?
- What reforms should be considered to make elections fairer?
- Should there be a nonpartisan Federal Commission that would organize and supervise the voting process or should voting procedures be left to the states?