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Why do Turkish people vote?

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14.02.2020

In a country that has more than 50 million registered voters, a single vote does not carry much influence. Yet voter turnout in Turkish elections remains over 80%. So why do Turkish people vote? More importantly, what are the main determinants of voter behavior? In fact, fulfilling one’s duties as a citizen matters more than having an impact on the election results.

Turkey is one of the leading countries when it comes to voter turn-out. The 2018 general elections recorded a 88.2% participation rate while the 2019 municipality elections recorded a 84.4% level of participation. When compared with Western countries such as the United States or the United Kingdom that recorded voter turnouts of 55.7% and 67.1% for their latest general elections respectively, Turkey has the second greatest voter turnout following Belgium, which record a 88.4% turnout for its 2019 federal elections.

At TurkiyeRaporu.com, we asked respondents what was the main reason for them to vote.........

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