Statistics on Voter Turnout and Numbers of Elections

Globally, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of elections held, especially since the 1990s:

numbers of elections

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2014 looks like a top year in terms of number of elections:

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Of course, elections as such aren’t a good indicator of the presence or quality of democracy. One important indicator of quality of democracy is voter turnout. Comprehensive statistics on voter turnout are here, and below are some selected numbers:

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voter turnout in national and european elections in europe

And some data specifically for the U.S.:

pct of voting age population voting in presidential elections

(source)

A breakdown by race:

voter turnout in the US

(source)

voter turnout rate by race in the US

(source)

US VOTER TURNOUT BY RACE

Turnout numbers in the U.S. differ by class as well as race:

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political participation by income groups

political participation by income groups

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voter turnout by income group

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US voter turnout by income group

It’s mostly higher educated, white and middle class to wealthy people who participate in U.S. democracy. Here’s a graph showing education levels and % of voters in the 2010 U.S. elections for Congress:

education and democratic participation

(source)

The link between voter turnout and income is visible in other democracies as well:

% of people who vote by income quintile

% of people who vote by income quintile

(source unknown)

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