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Tender Branson
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« on: October 21, 2017, 09:08:09 AM »

Here are turnout figures in the major parliamentary/presidential elections in each country:

* I did not include Liechtenstein, which is also part of the EFTA, because it's a joke country.



Luxembourg and Belgium have compulsory voting.

The Czech Republic voted yesterday and today, Iceland next week.
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 10:41:59 AM »

Low turnout in post-communist Europe is a pretty well established phenomena.

Beyond thatm turnout seems highest in Northern Europe, which is not surprising; and France has a strong tradition of civic engagement. The UK has been much lower in recent elections, (only 59% in 2001 for example), but probaby increased recently as a result of the extreme polaristion/politicisation in the country in the last few years.

As for Switzerland, low turnout is a function of the high number of referenda (about 80% of the population vote in a referendum in any given year), but also the nature of the Federal Government, which means that for a lot of people there is relatively little "point" in voting. Although I would hope the experience of the right-wing majority since 2015 would change that a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 12:14:07 PM »

Updated with the Czech Republic turnout from today (100% counted):

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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 07:11:27 AM »

As a comparison, the US had roughly 60.2% last year:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VAcF0eJ06y_8T4o2gvIL4YcyQy8pxb1zYkgXF76Uu1s/edit

Similar to the Czech Republic yesterday and Slovakia.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 02:03:52 PM »

Other special guest results:

New Zealand (2017)Sad 79.8%

Australia (2016)Sad 91.9% (compulsory voting)

Canada (2015)Sad 68.3%
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 08:49:23 AM »

Overall, turnout seems to be holding up pretty decently, given the whole "democracy is dying" framing.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2017, 04:07:03 PM »

It's not so much that democracy is dying, than "liberalism" (in the broad sense of the word) is dying. Rising vote shares of parties with an aversion to respectful dialog and internal dissent is a real problem.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 08:11:37 AM »

Update with Iceland:

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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017, 08:53:18 PM »
« Edited: November 29, 2017, 08:55:18 PM by Aboa »

Do all of the turnout rates include citizens living abroad (if they are allowed to vote)?
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 06:34:21 AM »

Do all of the turnout rates include citizens living abroad (if they are allowed to vote)?

In most countries, yes.

I know for a fact that for example Austria, Germany, Finland etc. all include registered voters on their voter list who have their main residence abroad. The numbers are very small though, because most who live abroad don't care any longer about elections in their original countries.
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