The Voting System Scorecard is self explanatory. It serves as a way to understand the 50 states in terms of their policies in three key areas related to voting:
- voter registration,
- casting a ballot, and
- young voter preparation.
The report is specifically designed to see how states are doing in recruiting younger voices to the voting process. As they note, "young Americans are being left out of the democratic process because of outdated voter registration practices, barriers encountered when trying to cast a ballot, and our country’s failure to adequately prepare them for active citizenship."
Using a multiple point system, each state was ranked in each of the three categories, and after tallying all of the points, no single state actually received all of the points. Washington ranking highest at 68% and South Carolina and Virginia at the bottom with 18%. How did Illinois do? It ranked 35th.