Roger L. Simon

Eligible Voters and Iraq

Before the spin doctors get a hold of the “how big was the turnout” question in Iraq (60%? 70%?) and use that to denigrate this great step forward that has just taken place, let’s remind ourselves that turnout in recent US Presidential elections is barely over 50% of eligible voters and that in the nascent days of our democracy, 1824, it was 26.9%.