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October 18, 2016

One person, one vote is the rule, but that doesn’t mean all votes count the same — which may sound vaguely unconstitutional but is just the way things work in our democracy. Simply put, the votes in swing states, which have a larger influence on a presidential election, have more weight. A recent report from WalletHub, the personal finances website, assigned a “Voter Power Score” to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to its rankings, New Jersey has a power score of 38, which some residents and politicos may find surprising. The most powerful ballots are cast in Arizona, which has a score of 207.5; the least, in California, which is ranked 51st with a power score of 0.37.

The same principles apply to Senate races, only here the swing states are those that most determine which party controls the upper house. New Jersey, which is not home to a current Senate race was not rated.

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