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More than half of U.S. voters might abstain today. In these countries, that's a punishable offense.

Nov 06, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

For decades, the United States has had voting turnout much lower than in most other developed nations. Between 50 and 60 percent of Americans tend to show up for presidential elections, and turnout often falls below 40 percent in midterm votes. The last midterms in 2014 were marked by particularly low participation, with a turnout of only 36.7 percent.

There are some indications that this year's turnout will be higher, probably driven up by deepened polarization that tends to mobilize vote...