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Young Voter Turnout Low but Increasing

Voter turnout in the parliamentary election in October was lowest among 20-24 year-olds, or 65.7 percent, and highest among voters aged 65-90 years, or 90.2 percent, as stated in an analysis by Statistics Iceland, published in late December.

When compared to statistics from the 2014 municipal election and the 2016 presidential election, turnout among younger voters is increasing, up from approximately 46 and 64 percent.

Overall, voter turnout in the 2016 parliamentary election was 79.2 percent and has never been as low since Iceland became independent in 1944, or not since the Great Depression in 1933.

Voter turnout in Iceland is historically high and never dropped below 80 percent between 1934 and 2016. In eight parliamentary elections in a row, between 1956 and 1978, voter turnout was higher than 90 percent, RÚV reports.

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