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date: 19 June 2019

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For several decades, Sweden has had a relatively high voter turnout, both in relation to the first half of the twentieth century and in comparison with other countries. Still, even in this high-turnout context substantial differences in turnout can be found when comparing different population groups. Demographic characteristics and socioeconomic resources are related to the propensity to vote. A more general conclusion is that voter turnout is associated with a higher level of equality in participation. The increase in turnout in recent Swedish elections has led to a more equal participation, because this increase has been greater within groups where voting rates were lower to begin with.

Keywords: voting, voter turnout, political participation, political equality, early voting, electoral system

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