They confirm the lowest participation in the PASO

The open, simultaneous and mandatory (PASO) primary elections showed a voter turnout of 66.21 percent, the lowest since they were implemented in 2011, although this year the coronavirus pandemic imposed limits that gave the elections a atypical frame.

In the PASO held on Sunday, out of a registry of 34,385,460 voters, 22,765,590 people turned out to vote: this constitutes 66.21%, reported the Ministry of the Interior.

It was the lowest rate since the mandatory primaries were implemented: in 2011 78.66% of those registered went to the polls, in an election that included executive positions in addition to the legislative ones that are renewed every two years.

In 2013, 76.83% voted, only for legislative positions; while in the PASO of 2015 the percentage of citizens who cast their vote was 74.91%, in an election with executive and parliamentary renewal.

In 2017, meanwhile, the percentage of attendance to the primary elections for the legislative contest had been 72.37%; and in the last STEP, in 2019, 76.4% was registered, also from executive and legislative positions.

In all cases, the general elections of each year achieved greater voter support than the respective PASO.

Thus, in 2011 79.39% of the electoral roll voted, in the election that re-elected Cristina Kirchner to the presidency; while in the legislative elections of 2013, 77.64% did so.

In 2015, 81.07% did so and in the second round that enshrined Mauricio Macri as president, 80.77% voted.

In the 2017 legislative elections, 77.61% did so; and in 2019, in the presidential election that Alberto Fernández won, 81.08% did. The highest turnout at the polls was recorded in 1983.

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