Combating declining voter turnout: adapting best practices from Nordic countries

Author: Celia Davies
Combating declining voter turnout: adapting best practices from Nordic countries

In light of the urgent need to reverse the decline in voter turnout in UK parliamentary elections and to combat patterns of electoral disengagement, the aim of my Fellowship was to identify best practices for electoral engagement from three European countries with high voter turnout - Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden - in order to better equip UK stakeholders to combat this problem. This report outlines the results of the interviews and meetings in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Reykjavik with a range of stakeholders: government officials at the national and local levels; civil servants; state broadcasters; independent journalists; civil society representatives; educators; academics. The research prioritises concrete, practical, and potentially transferrable mechanisms, including Get Out the Vote Campaigns targeting 17/18 year olds in Denmark, mock elections in schools, mobile polling stations, and initiatives around public access to information.