The United States has historically experienced low voter turnout, with roughly 60 percent of those eligible voting in Presidential elections and roughly 40 percent participating in off-year Congressional votes.
Scotland had seen its voter participation rate fall to near-US levels in recent decades, especially for European Parliament votes. But with an estimated 85 percent of the electorate participating in this vote, it's clear that people will come to the polls if they feel that the election will have an impact on their own destiny.
In a year when voter outcome could decide the shape of our national government, that's a takeaway which all politicians -- and Democratic ones in particular -- should consider carefully. Can they convince voters that the outcome of November's election will affect their lives in a real and personal way?
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