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Election Turnout Is All Time Low

Posted December. 20, 2007 03:00,   


Voter turnout for the 2007 presidential election on December 19, 2007, was estimated to be a record-low at 62.9 percent. This is the first time in the nation’s history that voter turnout for the presidential election was at the 60 percent level.

The National Election Commission said only 23.68 million (including 757,785 absentee voters) of 37.65 million eligible voters cast their ballots for the 17th presidential election yesterday.

It is 7.9 percent down from the voter turnout mark of 70.8 percent for the 16th presidential election in 2002. Voter turnout for the 15th presidential election in 1997 was 80.7 percent.

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