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U.S. voter participation has not fallen steadily over the past few decades

- June 6, 2011

We have an agreement with the Washington Monthly where they occasionally repost items from the Monkey Cage. So occasionally I go over to the site and take a look. Today I found this article by Samuel Knight, who writes:

It’s no secret that voter participation in the US has fallen steadily over the past few decades.

Perhaps this is true under some measures, but not if you look at vote for president:

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Samuel Knight is listed as an intern for the Washington Monthly, and it’s pretty cool that they let their interns post on the blog. This should just be a lesson that even things that are no secret are not necessarily true. (I have a lot more sympathy when an intern makes a little mistake on a blog than when a bigger mistake is made in the ostensibly fact-checked New Yorker.)

No big deal, I just happened to notice this one and thought it would be good to clarify. I wouldn’t have bothered with it at all except that it’s in the same site that reposts some of our blog.