Voter Nonparticipation

Voter Nonparticipation

 

the refusal of voters to vote during elections for representatives of organs or for officials. Voter nonparticipation is a widespread phenomenon in bourgeois states. For example, in the USA usually about 40 percent of the voters do not participate in elections. In order to avoid voter nonparticipation, many countries—Italy, Belgium, Greece, Austria, and others—have introduced compulsory suffrage; refusal to participate in elections is punished by a fine and even imprisonment. Voter nonparticipation is, in practice, nonexistent in socialist countries; usually all or nearly all voters take part in elections.

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Recent studies of voter nonparticipation and voter ignorance confirm the suspicion that all is not well with democracy.
Voter nonparticipation is the great ongoing scandal of our democracy--and gay people can't afford to be a part of it.
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