2014 EU Election Had Lowest-Ever Turnout

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​It's Official: Last EU Election Had Lowest-Ever Turnout
EurActiv: EU News and Policy

Summary:

European Union elections in May 2014 saw the lowest voter turnout on record.

Figures released by the European Parliament show that turnout was just 42.54% – the the lowest level of voter participation since EU elections were first held in 1979.

The article states that the EU parliament hoped that the economic crisis would boost voter turnout, with the slogan 'This time it's different'.

But the low turnout will diminish the EU Parliament's democratic legitimacy and legislative credibility in the eyes of many.

 

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Published Date
August 7, 2014