Between 1945 and 1998, the average voter turnout was 64%. Turnout means casting your vote. In most territories having the right to vote also means having the right not to vote. Sometimes abstaining from voting makes as strong a statement as voting. Here, turnout refers to voting in various types of elections which are not directly comparable between territories due to different political systems.
The highest voter turnouts have been recorded in Italy and the Seychelles, at 91%. High voluntary turnout to vote is encouraged by voter anonymity, a belief in the value of political processes, and accessible ballot boxes.