Voter Turnout by Country 2021

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Voting for elected officials is a freedom afforded to many countries around the world. In democracies and republics, the people get to have a voice in their governments through voting.

Many people realize just how important this freedom is, yet not everyone eligible to vote does. The reasons why vary, whether a person isn’t interested in politics, don’t agree with the platforms or any of the other candidates or doesn’t meet all of the requirements needed to legally vote.

In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, an estimated 158 million Americans turned out to vote. About 66.5% of eligible voters voted in the 2020 election, the highest turnout since 1900. The 2020 election saw about 20 million more votes than the 137 million in the 2016 election. Only about 55.72% of eligible voters voted in the 2016 election. Even in the 2020 election, U.S. voter turnout lags behind several developed nations around the world.

Voter Turnout by Country

Based on data from Pew Research Center, the nation with the highest voter turnout based on the country’s last national election was Belgium. In 2014, 87.2% of the voting-age population showed up to cast their vote.

Sweden held its last election in 2014, which had a voter turnout of 82.6% of the voting-age population. In 2017, South Korea had a voter turnout of 77.9% of its voting-age population.

Coming in next on the list is Israel. In 2015, 76.1% of the eligible population cast their votes. In New Zealand, more than three-quarters of voters,75.7%, showed up at the polls in 2017.

Another nation with a high voter turnout was Germany. During its last election in 2017, 69.1% of voting-age residents cast their ballots. France also had a high voter turnout of 67.9% in 2017. In the same year, the United Kingdom had a voter turnout of 63.2%.

Canada’s last election in 2015 drew in 62.1% of voters. Spain’s election of 2016 saw 61.2% of voters making their voices heard. The United States held its last election in 2016, and only 55.7% of voters showed up. However, this is ahead of Switzerland, which had a voter turnout of 38.6% during the election of 2015.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest rates of voter turnout:

  1. Belgium (87.21%)
  2. Sweden (82.61%)
  3. Denmark (80.34%)
  4. Australia (78.96%)
  5. South Korea (77.92%)
  6. Netherlands (77.31%)
  7. Israel (76.10%)
  8. New Zealand (75.65%)
  9. Finland (73.14%)
  10. Hungary (71.65%)

Voter Turnout by Country 2021

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Voter Turnout by Country 2021

Votes cast in most recent recent national election as:
Country % of voting-age population % of registered voters Population 2021
Belgium87.21%89.37%11,632,326
Sweden82.61%85.81%10,160,169
Denmark80.34%85.89%5,813,298
Australia78.96%90.98%25,788,215
South Korea77.92%77.23%51,305,186
Netherlands77.31%81.93%17,173,099
Israel76.10%72.34%8,789,774
New Zealand75.65%79.01%4,860,643
Finland73.14%66.85%5,548,360
Hungary71.65%69.68%9,634,164
Norway70.59%78.22%5,465,630
Germany69.11%76.15%83,900,473
Austria68.79%80.00%9,043,070
France67.93%74.56%65,426,179
Mexico65.97%63.08%130,262,216
Italy65.28%73.05%60,367,477
Czech Republic63.44%66.57%10,724,555
United Kingdom63.25%69.31%68,207,116
Greece62.14%56.16%10,370,744
Canada62.12%68.28%38,067,903
Portugal61.75%55.84%10,167,925
Spain61.17%66.48%46,745,216
Slovakia59.43%59.82%5,460,721
Ireland58.04%65.09%4,982,907
Estonia56.82%64.23%1,325,185
United States55.70%86.80%332,915,073
Luxembourg55.12%91.15%634,814
Slovenia54.09%51.73%2,078,724
Poland53.83%55.34%37,797,005
Chile52.20%49.02%19,212,361
Latvia51.69%58.80%1,866,942
Switzerland38.63%48.40%8,715,494
Iceland0.00%81.20%343,353
Turkey0.00%85.43%85,042,738
Japan0.00%53.65%126,050,804

Voter Turnout by Country 2021