Yomiuri: Voter turnout at 52%

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Voters cast their ballots in the House of Councillors election in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Sunday morning.

The voter turnout for the 26th House of Councillors election on Sunday was around 52%, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun’s tally. This is higher than the 48.80% in the previous poll in 2019, which was the second-lowest on record.

The official figure is expected to reach the 50% level for the first time in two elections.

Voter turnout for an upper house election marked a record 74.54% in 1980 when a House of Representatives election was held on the same day. However, it has since been on a downward trend, hitting its lowest point of 44.52% in 1995.

Institutional reforms have been implemented to improve turnout, such as introducing early voting and lowering the voting age to 18, but it has never exceeded 60% since the 1990s and is still hovering at a low level.