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Financial research and services firm WalletHub ranked U.S. states’ political engagement levels. Maryland ranks fourth.

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland ranks as the fourth most politically engaged state in the U.S.

That is according to a new research by financial firm WalletHub. The rankings are based on voter turnout in recent elections, civic education programs, level of campaign contributions and how prepared states are for voting during the coronavirus.

Only Maine, Washington and Colorado rank higher in the political engagement rankings.

Virginia ranks ninth while Delaware comes in at 33rd on the list. Hawaii, Mississippi and New Mexico are the least politically engaged, according to WalletHub.

Maryland and Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. certainly play a role in the region’s higher levels of civic and political engagement.

Virginia ranks first and Maryland ranks third among U.S. for political engagement among young adults ages 18 to 24.

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