American Voter Turnout in Comparative Perspective

  title={American Voter Turnout in Comparative Perspective},
  author={G. Bingham Powell},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  • G. Powell
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Economics, Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Despite relatively favorable citizen attitudes, voter turnout in American national elections is far below the average of 80% of the eligible electorate that votes in other industrialized democracies. The American institutional setting—particularly the party system and the registration laws—severely inhibits voter turnout, and probably also accounts for the unusual degree to which education and other socioeconomic resources are directly linked to voting participation in the United States… 
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