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  Voter Turnout - dKosopedia
Voter turnout is usually ten to thirty percentage points lower in elections other than Presidential elections (such as state and local general elections and primary elections) than it is in elections where a Presidential race is at issue.
Whatever the reason, increasing voter turnout is potentially one of the most promising means by which progressives can make a long term positive shift in the political makeup of the American electorate, and as a result, see more progressive public policies instituted by those people who are elected.
Therefore, increasing voter turnout should be a priority for the progressive movement.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/Voter_Turnout   (543 words)

 Voter Turnout (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Statistics on voter turnout presented here show that the much-lamented decline in voter participation is an artifact of the way in which it is measured.
The most typical way to calculate the turnout rate is to divide the number of votes by what is called the "voting-age population" which consists of everyone age 18 and older residing in the United States.
When turnout rates are calculated for those eligible to vote, a new picture of turnout emerges, which exhibits no decline since 1972.
elections.gmu.edu.cob-web.org:8888 /voter_turnout.htm   (571 words)

 WVSOS - Elections - Voter Turnout Statistics & History
Average voter turnout statistics for primary and general elections reflect the same decline in voter participation as national turnout statistics.
Turnout at each election is given by county, and in primary elections, by party when the information was available.
It is interesting to note that the percentage of voters casting ballots varies as much as 30% from the lowest turnout to the highest turnout.
www.wvsos.com /elections/history/turnout/voterturnoutstats.htm   (151 words)

 Voter turnout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election.
In low-turnout Switzerland, the average voter is invited to go to the polls an average of seven times a year; the United States has frequent elections, with two votes per year on average, if one includes all levels of government as well as primaries.
Robert D. Putnam argues that the collapse in civil engagement is due to the introduction of television; it is true that the long decline in voter turnout started during the rapid introduction of television in the 1950s and 1960s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Voter_turnout   (4682 words)

 Australian Parliamentary Library - Research Note 29 1996-97
The introduction of compulsory voting for Commonwealth elections in 1924 resulted in a dramatic increase in the voter turnout rate from 57.9% at the 1922 election to 91.3% at the 1925 election.
However, the level of voter turnout in some voluntary voting countries is remarkably high (Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden all had a turnout rate of over 80%).
Voter turnout rates were 59.5% for the 1994 election and 55.0% for the 1996 election.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/rn/1996-97/97rn29.htm   (905 words)

 Voter Turnout
With all municipalities reporting, the official turnout for the November 2, 2004 General Election was 73.75 percent of the state’s voting age population.
The turnout percentage is based on the ‘total ballots cast’ figure, which is slightly higher than the number of votes for President.
The only other time voter turnout in Maine exceeded 70 percent was in the General Election of November, 1960.
www.maine.gov /sos/news/2004/turnout.html   (442 words)

 Voter turnout
This was one of the lowest turnouts on record for the mother of democracies (the lowest ever recorded turnout is 58.9% in 1918).
It would seem that many voters miss the 'Gentleman Parliamentarian' for whom becoming an MP was the logical conclusion of their local involvement as opposed to being a stepping stone to greater things.
As previously stated, apathy is a misnomer, by 'apathy to an interest in politics' I read moving voters from a lack of faith in the effectiveness of the electoral process to a faith in the system and the representatives it produces.
www.planet-thanet.fsnet.co.uk /nps/voter_turnout.htm   (3191 words)

 CNN.com - Glimpses of voter turnout across the U.S. - November 7, 2000
Turnout was high when Terry and Molly McHugh, a suburban Chicago couple, cast their votes Tuesday morning.
Statewide, turnout is forecast to be 60 percent; long lines were reported in several precincts.
Heavy voter turnout is reported in New Jersey's 21 counties, with longer than usual lines in many precincts.
archives.cnn.com /2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/07/election.turnout   (966 words)

 Franklin & Marshall - Voter Turnout
In recent years, efforts to make it easier to vote have had a perverse effect on voter turnout, causing election officials to have serious doubts regarding the efficacy of their voter-roles.
The motor voter law’s purpose was to make voter registration easier by making voter registration a part of the driver application process, and by placing restrictions on when states could remove inactive voters from voter roles.
The highest voter turnout in American history occurred during the 1876-1896 period when party loyalty rates were the highest in history.
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 Newsvine - voter-turnout
Turnout among 18 to 29- year-old voters increased by more than 2 million voters in the 2006 elections compared to 2002, according to an early exit poll analysis released today as part of the first comprehensive look at the youth vote in the midterm elections, presented by Young V …
Voter turnout in Ohio is expected to be high in November due to the new universal absentee ballot.
Ned Lamont said he was proud that the voter turnout for his stand-off with three-term Senator Joe Lieberman got as high as it did.
www.newsvine.com /voter-turnout   (364 words)

 Grandfather Election Voting Report - by MWHodges
The 2000 election turnout was near the same despite huge increases in campaign spending and registration drives, compared to before.
Clearly, the lack of citizen trust must be reflected in voter turn-out - - and both are strong indicators of serious problems with regard to our representative democracy and of the legitimacy of politicians and government officials, compared to past generations.
High school education should develop voter turnout responsibility, and should include students developing class projects with actual petition development and drives to cause referendums to occur on local ballots.
mwhodges.home.att.net /voting.htm   (4254 words)

 Voter Turnout Essay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
According to one survey, the youth (18-29 year olds) turnout was the highest it's been since the under 21 age group was given the opportunity to vote in 1972.
Other statistics show that the youth voter turnout was the same in proportion to other age groups in past elections.
While we are or are not disappointed in the youth turnout this year, Michigan had a very impressive statewide turnout: 4.8 residents of Michigan turned in ballots, representing 67.5% registered voters in the state.
www.msu.edu /~roguslau/voter_turnout_essay.html   (239 words)

 Seek voter turnout, not voter burnout - Examiner.com
For voters, the number of elections is time-consuming, burdensome and inconvenient.
Voters are expected to balance their civic duty with the demands of everyday life.
Given the difference in the voter turnout rate between odd- and even-year elections, approximately 28.24 percent of occasional voters and 59.5 percent of registered voters are not showing up for municipal elections.
www.examiner.com /a-191235~Seek_voter_turnout__not_voter_burnout.html   (751 words)

 Voter turnout pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
An analysis of voter turnout in elections may help to understand the dynamics of voters' lack of participation or apathy during elections.
For a comprehensive discussion on Voter Turnout see the study conducted by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
Also see the Voter turnout table for a comparison of voter turnout for all 71 constituencies.
www.undp.org.fj /elections/turnout   (204 words)

 Historical Voter Turnout in Canadian Federal Elections - 1867-2004
However, it is important to note the fluctuations of the numbers and percentage of registered voters as a percentage of the whole Canadian population (as measured at the census prior to the election).
For example, the official voter turnout figure in 2000 is 61.2%, but Elections Canada later realized that this was based on a voters' list that was artificially inflated by almost a million duplicate names.
Given the vagaries of door-to-door-enumeration and errors that are almost inevitable in a permanent register of voters, one should not place too much emphasis on precise differences in turnout for particular elections.
www.sfu.ca /~aheard/elections/historical-turnout.html   (602 words)

 Accounting for the Low Voter Turnout   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Still, overall turnout was not expected to break out of the range of 33.3 percent to 37.5 percent of all eligible voters (both registered and unregistered), which has been the midterm norm over the last dozen years, according to Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate.
The three midterm elections during the 1990s saw turnout of all eligible voters range between a low of 33 percent in 1990 and 1998 and a high of 37 percent in the famously hard-fought year of 1994, when Newt Gingrich led House Republicans to a gain of 54 seats.
Turnout among Americans between 18 and 30 years of age was nearly 50 percent in 1972.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2002/11/6/71744.shtml   (1105 words)

 Voter turnout: the greatest unknown in Election '98 - October 23, 1998
Voter turnout for legislative elections in selected democracies (as of 1995).
Voter turnout: the greatest unknown in Election '98
Statistics compiled by the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE) show that average overall turnout in the 36 states holding primaries this year dropped from 19.4 percent in 1994 to 17.4 percent in 1998, the lowest primary turnout rate on record.
www.cnn.com /ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/10/23/voter.turnout/index.html   (1264 words)

 Missoulian - Officials hoping for big voter turnout
In the 1960 primary election, 70 percent of registered Montana voters went to the polls, and 71 percent voted in the 1972 primary.
Primary election turnout is always higher in presidential and gubernatorial election years, hitting 52 percent in 1992, 41 percent in 1996, 33 percent in 2000 and 37 percent in 2004.
As for voter turnout, Denowh said, “We don't expect it to be outside of the norm.
www.missoulian.com /articles/2006/06/05/news/local/news02.txt   (721 words)

 2006 voter turnout: Prospects high | csmonitor.com
The eligible-voter turnout of 2002 was 39.5 percent, up from 38.1 percent in the previous midterm, 1998.
The turnout for presidential years is generally much higher: 60.3 percent of eligible voters in 2004, for instance.
Turnout may be up this year in part due to the political polarization caused by the Iraq war.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0824/p01s03-uspo.html   (951 words)

 Local voter turnout | Addison Independent (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
ADDISON COUNTY — Voter turnout in Addison County ran ahead of statewide forecasts, with 13 of the county’s 23 towns reporting that at least 70 percent of their registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Turnout in Bridport was 73.2 percent, the seventh-highest total in the county, and turnout in New Haven was 74.6 percent, the county’s third highest.
Elsewhere in Addison County, the turnout in Hancock was 61.2 percent; Leicester, 66 percent; Orwell and Ripton, 69.7 percent; Salisbury, 64.4 percent; and Starksboro, 69 percent.
www.addisonindependent.com.cob-web.org:8888 /?q=node/314   (402 words)

 Online NewsHour: Voter Turnout At Its Heighest In Decades -- November 2, 2004
TONY FABRIZIO: I think the turnout for the Bush campaign has to be homeowners, middle-class families, people with children, younger children, religious conservatives.
But for Kerry voters first and foremost it is a referendum against the president.
Well, those voters who dislike both of them, if they break to Sen. Kerry in the end, that will be one of the factors -- small group, but very decisive.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/politics/july-dec04/voterturnout_11-02.html   (1537 words)

 Northoftampa: Voter turnout improving
Supervisor of Elections Pam Iorio said voter turnout varied across the county, but was higher on average than in past primary elections.
It was especially high in Carrollwood, where voters not only are choosing a county commissioner, but also are replacing Republican Rob Wallace in the state House of Representatives.
Davison, who is chairman of the group, said he was pleased with the turnout and is hoping for a 25-30 percent turnout in the general election.
www.sptimes.com /2002/09/22/Northoftampa/Voter_turnout_improvi.shtml   (474 words)

 Hernando: Record voter turnout predicted
The difference is that voters slide their ballot into a machine that counts each vote as it is submitted (see accompanying graphic).
Without them, voters will have to fill out a sworn statement that they are who they claim to be before they can receive ballots.
Most of the county's 51 polling locations remain the same as in previous elections, but voters in precincts 7, 10, 15, 20, 27, 29, 33, 36, 40 and 51 must think church or clubhouse instead of school cafeteria or hallway.
www.sptimes.com /News/090300/Hernando/Record_voter_turnout_.shtml   (702 words)

 Voter Turnout, Difficulties
Many thousands of voters and potential voters are disenfranchised by barriers to electoral participation.
To investigate the relationship between voter turnout, voting difficulties, and disability, a national random-household telephone survey of 1,002 American citizens of voting age was conducted through the Rutgers Center for Public Interest Polling following the November, 2000 elections.
This fact sheet complements the GAO study by providing individual-level information on the voting experiences of people with disabilities, with comparisons of voter turnout, voting difficulties, and views of curbside voting between people with and without disabilities.
www.accessiblesociety.org /topics/voting/voterturnout.htm   (1068 words)

 Macomb Daily : Voter turnout should be 'tremendous' 11/01/04
That would surpass the 73 percent mark of 1992 and would be the highest voter participation since 1972, when 79 percent of Macomb voters cast ballots.
Voter registrations are up by more than 15,000 across the county, giving Macomb 571,000 registered voters heading into next Tuesday's contest.
Election officials advise that voters who want to avoid long lines on Tuesday should refrain from voting in the early morning hours and in the early evening.
www.macombdaily.com /stories/110104/loc_voters001.shtml   (760 words)

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