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Numbers of active voters in Latvia continue to decline before next year’s elections

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU47% of Latvian vote-ready citizens plan to take part in next year’s municipal elections, according to results of a survey carried out by SKDS following a request from the Central Election Commission in November.

28% of respondents said they will likely take part in elections. 8% said it is unlikely they will take part in elections. Another 8% said they will definitely not take part in elections.

Compared with results of a similar survey carried out in 2013, the number of voters who are prepared to take part in elections has declined 4%. In 2013, 51% of respondents said they would take part in municipal elections, whereas the actual activity was 45.99%.

When asked to explain when they usually decide to take part in elections, 43% of respondents said they decide more than a month prior elections. 12% of respondents said they decide a month before elections. 11% said they decide one week prior to elections. 9% of respondents said they decide on the day of elections. Residents aged 25 to 40 make last-minute decisions more often than other age groups.

CVK chairman Arnis Cimdars believe such responses from voters mean policy-makers will likely fail to spark interest and motivate people to vote for them. Next year’s elections will likely continue the trend of declining voter activity. Voter activity may vary among municipalities.

Preparing for upcoming elections, CVK reminds that in order to keep track of voters during municipal elections, authorities use specially-compiled lists with each voter listed for a specific voting site depending on their registered place of residence. It is also important to keep in mind that voters have an option to vote 90 days early.

Data from the survey show that 20% of respondents do not live in their declared place of residence. In 38% of cases their declared place of residence and their actual place of residence are located in different municipalities.

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