The state, too, had a record number of ballots cast, but didn’t have a record turnout, for much the same reason.
Even though the state’s turnout of 79 percent was below what elections officials hoped, it was eighth in the nation, Lori Augino, state elections director, told a House committee last week.
At the bottom of the list were several states that didn’t hit 50 percent, including Texas, Indiana and Hawaii.
Some 310,000 voters joined the rolls in 2016, pushing the state over 4 million for the first time. The most popular way to sign up was online, Augino said, with registering when a person gets or renews a driver’s license a close second.