GET­TING OUT THE VOTE

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Voter turnout dif­fers hugely across the globe. Elec­toral democ­ra­cies whose po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is not re­spon­sive to vot­ers' wishes, like Haiti, see dis­mal voter par­tic­i­pa­tion. Other coun­tries with mea­ger turnouts, like Egypt or Rus­sia, of­ten give their cit­i­zens only a to­ken choice. Western democ­ra­cies are also not im­mune from voter fa­tigue, as the medi­ocre U.S. num­bers show. Aus­tria fares very well with one of the of the high­est voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in the world. Coun­tries with oblig­a­tory vot­ing, like Viet­nam, do best.

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