Thursday, November 8, 2012

Voter turnout in 2012 US presidential elections 9% lower than 2008


A voter casts her ballot in US presidential election on November 6, 2012.

Latest figures show that 117 million Americans, less than 50 percent of the eligible voters, have taken part in the presidential polls, showing a reduction of about nine percent compared to the 2008 election turnout of 131 million.

Preliminary figures indicate only 95 percent of precincts have so far reported their results and the number could change when more votes are counted.

“By and large, people didn’t show up,” Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate said Wednesday, adding that voter turnout in most states this year was even lower than 2004.

He went on to say that the 2012 presidential race was riddled with disenfranchising campaign tactics, leaving many voters feeling turned off.

Experts also attributed low voter turnout to the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy.

Moreover, many analysts believe a lower voter turnout in the election has played favorably into the hands of Mitt Romney, though Barack Obama retained his seat in the White House by a considerable margin.

The victory made Obama the first Democrat to win a second term since Bill Clinton in 1996.

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