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Global voter turnout has been in decline since the 1960s – we wanted to find out why

By Filip Kostelka, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Government, University of Essex
André Blais, Full Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal
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Any democratic nation in the world holding a legislative or presidential election in the late 1960s could expect around 77% of its citizens to turn up to vote. These days, they can expect more like 67% – a decline that is both problematic and puzzling.

Research shows that low turnout is bad for democracy. It usually means that socioeconomically underprivileged citizens vote less and, as a result, public policies benefit the rich. Politicians feel less…


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