How to increase voter turnout

"There are various ideas the UK might borrow from its neighbours in Europe"

By Jessica Abrahams  

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On 7th May, more than 30 million French citizens cast their votes in a high-stakes presidential election. At around 74 per cent of the electorate, this was the lowest voter turnout since 1969.

If this had happened in the UK, on the other hand, it would have represented the highest turnout for a general election in 25 years. While turnout hovered above 70 per cent between the 1950s and early 1990s, it dropped to a low of just 59.4 per cent in 2001 and…

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