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date: 17 November 2018

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This article discusses the turnout in elections. It first examines turnout from an aggregate perspective, and then compares the level of turnout across space and eventually, over time. It deals with ‘simple’ descriptive questions and establishes the basic turnout patterns. The article considers those who vote, before concluding with an examination of the factors that shape the decision of individuals to vote or not to vote. The most influential models that have been proposed to explain electoral participation are included.

Keywords: elections, turnout, level of turnout, basic turnout patterns, those who vote, most influential models, electoral participation

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