Votingest County Challenge

2022 Update: Due to low voter turnout in the midterm elections, no cities will be awarded for being the Votingest.

The New York State voter turnout was under 50% and no individual city reached 60%. Unfortunately, these are not numbers worth celebrating. We are expanding the challenge to Counties in 2024 and hoping that we can collectively break voter turnout records and honor two counties with the largest percentage of participation. We wish to acknowledge and thank the great work of groups around the country to promote civic engagement. We especially applaud the work of young people – they give us hope for the future! So stay tuned in 2024 for The Votingest County Challenge.

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The Votingest County Challenge is a joyous competition celebrating counties with the highest percentage of eligible voter participation. The prize is a trophy honoring those who have fought for voting rights – Dr. Martin Luther King, Rep. John R. Lewis, Mary Church Terrell, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and Bob Moses.

The 2020 contest celebrated cities (the shift to counties starts in 2024). The winner for larger cities in NY State was Albany, NY with 75% eligible voter participation in the 2020 presidential election and Saratoga Springs won in the smaller cities category with 80% voter turnout. Congrats to the 2020 winners!

Albany press release and video

Saratoga Springs press

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