EPRS Admin By / October 27, 2021

Turnout in Member States at EP elections_2_GW

Turnout in Member States at EP elections since 1979

Turnout in Member States at EP elections since 1979

The line chart below shows the trajectory of turnout at the nine European Parliament elections held to date, tracking both individual Member States (grey dots) and the total for the EU as a whole (blue dots/line). Successive elections saw turnout fall until 2019. The most recent election saw turnout rise from 42.6 to 50.6 per cent (plus 8.0 per cent), making it the first contest since 1994 in which more than half the adult population of the EU voted. A similar downward trend over time is seen in the mid-term elections in the United States, where the US presidency is not at stake, again with a sharp upturn in the most recent (2018) mid-term election.


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