Minnesota Tops Voter Turnout, Wisconsin Second, Illinois in the Middle

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The U.S. Census Bureau says Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout and Wisconsin came in second. Illinois ranked 22nd.

In Minnesota, 79 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in 2004. That's up from 2000, when 70 percent of Minnesotans ages 18 and older voted. Wisconsin had 77 percent.

Illinois votes was slightly ahead of the national average at 65.6 percent of registered voters.

Nationally, voter turnout was 64 percent, up from 60 percent in 2000. Minnesota hasn't led the nation in voter turnout since 1984. Hawaii had the lowest turnout at 50 percent.