A Radical Proposal to Narrow the “Turnout Gap”: Make Voting Compulsory

Posted on 05/11/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s hardly news that younger people are much less likely to go to the polls than older people. Just 48.5 percent of all 18- to 24-year-old Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election, for example, compared with 72.6 percent of those 65 and older. That’s a “turnout gap” of more than 24 percent. It’s much the same in many other countries, including England. According to the London-based Institute for Public Policy Research, just 44 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in …