In today’s post, I said Britain’s youth turn-out, ages 18-24, was not 36%, as had been widely reported — and echoed by me — but (amazingly) 64%.
Thanks to Guy Bradley for correcting that.
“No,” he writes, “36% was the percentage of the 18-24 age group who voted . . . but not all eligible voters are registered. Only about 55% of eligible voters between 18-24 were registered. And if you multiply 64% (percentage of those registered who voted) by 55% (percent of eligible voters who were registered), then you get . . . wait for it . . . 36%. Not really your fault: the article you linked to (and plenty of others) made the same mistake.”
Young people: Register! Vote! Make a world you’ll want to live in!
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The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.~Adam Smith, The Wealth Of Nations
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