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The Paradox of Compulsory Voting: Participation Does Not Equal Political Knowledge

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The Paradox of Compulsory Voting: Participation Does Not Equal Political Knowledge

Voter turnout has been in decline in Canada since the late 1980s. In the decades following the Second World War, there was an average turnout for federal elections of approximately 75 percent; during the past two decades, however, the average percentage has dropped to the low 60s. Similar drops are being witnessed in most other established democracies. There is also mounting evidence that this phenomenon is having a variable impact on our society — the largest voter turnout decline is among young people.


By IRPP, Canada.


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