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Christian Christensen @ChrChristensen
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Voter turnout (latest election) among countries with non-compulsory voting (as % of voting-age population).
Sweden: 87.2%
Denmark: 80.3%
Netherlands: 77.3%
Finland: 73.1%
Norway: 70.6%
France: 67.9%
UK: 63.2%
Germany: 66.1%
Canada: 62.1%
USA: 55.7%
(Pew)
What makes US voter turnout as % of voting-age population (55.7%) so awful is that US ranks as one of best countries in terms of voter turnout among REGISTERED voters (86.8%). US just makes it more difficult to register/vote than most OECD countries w/hard impact on working poor.
Ways Sweden gets 87.2% voter turnout:
* All citizens over 18 automatically registered
* "Advance voting locations" open in Sweden 18 days before election where people can vote early
* Some hospitals form election committees where patients, doctors can vote
* Election on a Sunday
Of course, there is a supreme irony in journalists and pundits in countries like the US pontificating about "collapsing Sweden" when Sweden's voting numbers dwarf those of the US, and the US deliberately disenfranchises the poor and minorities from the democratic process.
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