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The level of competitiveness in the positions being voted for is another reason why analyzing voter turnout is an important activity in examining elections. Moreover, in some states and counties, the competition is not as much as it is in others. Due to this, voter turnout in the 2012 elections varied from one state to the next due to the competitiveness of the position in question. Election competitiveness in Minnesota was higher than the electoral competitiveness in Hawaii and according to data released by the Center for Voting and Democracy, voter turnout in Minnesota was 76% compared to the 45% in Hawaii. State and local laws concerning voting and the election process plus the elections for higher offices in the same regions are just some of the other factors that also determine the voter turnout levels. There are states that are seen as being more competitive than the others and among 12 of these states in America, there was 66% voter turnout.