The trend lines for turnout in four different types of election in the period since the first EP direct elections took
place in 1979 show that voter turnout has been on a consistently downward path, both within the European Union
and in the United States. Indeed, these trends are consistent with a general decline in average turnout at elections
in most G20 democracies since 1945 – from around 80% in the immediate post-war period to around 60% today.