Previously the voting age in Japan was 20 years old. In last week's election for the first time, 18 and 19 year olds were allowed to vote. According to a survey released this week by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, voter turn out was 51.17 percent among 18 year olds and 39.66 percent among 19 year olds. Turnout for both age groups combined was 45.45 percent. The survey included data from all 47 prefectures in Japan. Turn out for those in their 20's has been less than 40 percent since 1992. Overall turnout for this election was 54.70 percent. Many of my students this week told me that they had voted in the election. I asked them why they thought only about half of those eligible to vote actually do and the response was that people aren't interested in politics, especially young people.
I'm interested in hearing what it is like in other countries. Do most people vote in elections in the country you live in?