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Where Have All the Voters Gone?

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• Mecklenburg County voter turnout in last week's primary elections: 3.61 percent.

• Mecklenburg County voter turnout in November's municipal and school board elections: 20 percent.

• Mecklenburg County voter turnout in September's municipal primary: 5 percent.

• Mecklenburg County voter turnout in 2004 Presidential election (Bush v. Kerry): 65 percent.

• Mecklenburg County voter turnout in 2000 Presidential election (Bush v. Gore): 57 percent.

• The United States ranks 139th out of 172 countries in voter turnout.

• Overall voter turnout in 2004 Presidential election: 64 percent.

Sources: Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, Federal Election Commission, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

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