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Texas has nothing to brag about when it comes to political engagement

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Apparently there aren't many of these stickers floating around Texas come election time. The Revival Chronicles

Texans pride themselves on, well, a lot of things. But according to a new survey, we don't have much to brag about in the political arena.

Nerdwallet.com ranked the most politically engaged states, and Texas came in at a shameful 46. The Lone Star State bested only Utah, Arkansas, Oklahoma (as always), West Virginia and Hawaii. 

The most politically engaged state (or, strictly speaking, district) is  — you guessed it — Washington, D.C. The runner-up, however, might surprise you.

Mississippi claimed silver in the survey, which took into account what percentage of citizens were registered to vote as well as who actually shows up on election day. Eighty percent of the D.C. population is made up of registered voters, and 76 percent of those voted in the 2012 presidential election.

Meanwhile, back in Texas, about 67 percent of residents are registered to vote, and only 54 percent of those actually bothered to cast ballots for the leader of the country.

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