Why is voter turnout declining around the world?

May 1, 2020 Off By idswater

Why is voter turnout declining around the world?

Voter turnout has been declining across the globe since the beginning of 1990s. Such a trend in democratic participation has raised many concerns among election stakeholders. Since its establishment in 1995, International IDEA has keenly engaged in research on voter participation. One outcome of this effort is the Voter Turnout database.

What was the voter turnout in the 1990s?

It then fell sharply in the 1990s to 70 per cent, and continued its decline to reach 66 per cent in the period of 2011–15. In Europe, the region which experienced the highest level of voter turnout between the 1940s and the 1980s, voter turnout has decreased significantly since the 1990s.

What are the factors that affect voter participation?

Electoral participation rates depend on many factors, including the type of electoral system, the social groupings to which voters belong, the voters’ personalities and beliefs, their places of residence, and a host of other idiosyncratic factors.

Why does low voter turnout lead to unequal representation?

Still, low turnouts can lead to unequal representation among various parts of the population. In developed countries, non-voters tend to be concentrated in particular demographic and socioeconomic groups, especially the young and the poor.

Electoral participation rates depend on many factors, including the type of electoral system, the social groupings to which voters belong, the voters’ personalities and beliefs, their places of residence, and a host of other idiosyncratic factors.

Why is voter turnout lower in competitive districts?

Voter turnout tends to be depressed in noncompetitive or safe electoral districts and elevated in competitive ones. The perceived closeness of an electoral contest and the degree of ideological polarization between parties or candidates can affect the competitiveness of the election and consequently its turnout.

What was the average voter turnout in 2016?

For 2016, the sum of the individual county numbers, for counties with data in the US is 185,714,229–a number 15% greater than the CPS estimate for the same year and election. We thank users who have taken the time to suggest specific modifications to our data on turnout: Thomas Meagher and Phil Kiesling.

Which is the country with the highest voter turnout?

Internationally, Belgium had the highest participatory rate in its most recent election at 87 percent, followed by Turkey at 84 percent and Sweden at 82 percent. The study found that compulsory voting often had an impact on voter turnout, which was the case with three of the top five ranked countries, including Belgium and Turkey.