POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout measures the percentage of voters that have actually taken part in an election (the proportion of eligible voters who actually cast a vote). 

Votes can be classified into ballot papers which were correctly filled out and those which were incorrectly filled out and therefore counted as invalid.

In certain elections there is a worrying tendency towards very small voter turnouts. Academic and political experts propose various tactics for encouraging voters, one of which is the possibility of a more comfortable voting procedure, such as online elections.

See also: Abstained Votes, Invalid Votes, iVoting

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