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Government > Democracy > Presidential elections Stats: compare key data on France & United States

Definitions

  • Registered voter turnout: The proportion of registered voters who actually voted.
  • Total vote: The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes. More information on valid, invalid and blank votes can be found at aceproject.org
  • Voter registration: The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes, as reported by the electoral management body.
  • Voting age population: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age
  • Voting age population per 1000: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
STAT France United States
Registered voter turnout 79.7%
Ranked 21st. 18% more than United States
67.4%
Ranked 55th.
Total vote 32.83 million
Ranked 5th.
105.41 million
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than France
Voter registration 41.19 million
Ranked 7th.
156.42 million
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than France
Voting age population 44.08 million
Ranked 7th.
213.95 million
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than France
Voting age population per 1000 708.21
Ranked 18th.
737.5
Ranked 17th. 4% more than France

SOURCES: Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.

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