Perceptions of government

Voter turnout in Island-wide elections


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What is this about?

Voter turnout is a measure of citizens' participation in the political process. This indicator measures the percentage of Islanders who were registered to vote and who voted during an Island-wide election. High voter turnout is desirable in a democracy because it increases the chance that the political system reflects the will of a large number of individuals, and that the Government enjoys a high degree of legitimacy.

The 2018 election in Jersey revealed a challenge in encouraging voter turnout; the Island-wide turnout was 43.4%, with this dropping to as low as 33% in one St Helier district. Although this was an increase on 2014 where turnout dropped to just 39.9%, in previous elections turnout has been around 45%. By comparison, voter turnout averaged 68% in OECD countries in the most recent elections for which data is available. Since 2001, turnout in the UK has ranged between 59% and 72%.

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