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Voter Turnout

According to the Pew Research Voter Turnout Fact Tank, "About 55.7% of the U.S. voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to newly released Census Bureau figures a slight uptick compared with 2012, but less than the record year of 2008 and well below turnout levels typical in most other developed democracies." FairVote.org states that "voter turnout in the U.S. is much lower than most established democracies" and presents research on voter turnout in the United States along with potential steps to increase voter turnout.

At issue are fair representation - with voting disparities according to age, race, education, socioeconomic status - and the increasing impact on elections of special interest groups that have become especially successful at motivating their constituencies. In an age that has seen increasing political fragmentation (See ACCE's Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 study) many chambers are lending their support or even leading efforts to increase voter turnout in their area.

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