The Importance of Turnout

1979-2014 : decline in turnout

Since 1979 election after election turnout in the European election has declined constantly. Abstention has become the majority choice.
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– 1979: 9 (Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, UK)
– 1984: 10 (9 + Greece)
– 1998 and 1994: 12 (10 + Spain and Portugal)
– 1999: 15 (12 + Austria, Finland, Sweden)
– 2004: 25 (15 + Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia & Czech Republic).
– 2009 : 27 (25 + Bulgaria, Romania).
– 2014: 28 (27 + Croatia)

Source : C. Deloy, D. Reynié, The European Elections of June 2004, Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 2005, p.40

1979 – 2014 : growth of the electoral body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the enlargements of the EU we have witnessed a rise in the number of voters.

Nearly 185 million European voters were called to ballot in 1979 in comparison with 375 million in 2009 and more than 394 million in 2014, there will be some 340 million in 2019.