September 21, 2008 3:30 PM
Where the U.S. ranks in voter turnout
Claim: Voter turnout in the United States ranks in the bottom quarter of all democracies world-wide.
Rocky Truth Patrol says: Rock Solid
During the 1990s, the United States ranked 140th out of 163 democracies across the globe in the percent of the population that voted, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
What was that percentage you ask? It was less than half. Only 44.9 percent of Americans eligible to vote did so during the 1990s.
The good news: Colorado's last presidential-year election saw a record 88 percent of registered voters going to the polls. To compare apples to apples, that equates to about 60 percent of people of voting age, which is the measure in the international study.
Overall, the U.S. during the 1990s ranked right between Chad and Botswana. The highest turnout was in Malta at nearly 97 percent; the lowest in Mali at 27 percent.