Less voter turnout is not new for Tamil Nadu. The voter turnout was 61.58% in the 1977 election while it was 59.07% in 2001.
But it was 78.01% in the 2011 elections and 74.26% in the 2016 election. But what was the reason for the reduction in the voter turnout this time? Whether it was the fear of corona or lack of interest in the election?
As far as the district wise breakout is concerned, Karur stands first with 83.96%. It is followed by Ariyalur with 82.46%, Dharmapuri with 82.53%, Kallakurichi with 80.14% and Namakkal with 80.04%.
When we take a look at the constituency-wise turnout, the Palakkodu constituency where Minister K P Anbazhagan contested stands first with 87.37%.
When asked, he said that he had appointed 10 ADMK cadres for every 100 voters in the constituency to persuade them to go and vote. He added that they made sure that everyone cast their vote on the polling day.
85.64% of votes were polled in the Edappadi constituency where Chief Minister Palanisamy contested.
It was 85.43% in the Viralimalai constituency where Health Minister Vijayabhaskar contested. Apart from this, more than 80% of votes were polled in constituencies where Ministers Karuppanan(Bhavani), M R Vijayabhaskar(Karur), KA Sengottaiyan (Gobichettipalayam), V Saroja(Rasipuram), R Kamraj (Nannilam), KC Viramani(Jolarpet) and O S Maniyan(Vedaranyam) contested.
More astonishing voter turnout was recorded in rural areas. 76.4% was polled in the 1554 constituencies in rural areas, 63.8% in the 50 constituencies of urban areas, and 71.6% in the 30 constituencies of Town Panchayats.
Just 59.15% was polled in the capital Chennai. Villivakkam recorded the lowest turnout of 55.92%.
The reserved constituencies recorded a decent turnout as usual. Comparatively, women have polled 5 lakhs 68 thousand and 580 votes more than men in the state.
On the whole, it cannot be said that there is a lack of awareness regarding voting. Because the voter turnout is high in rural areas where the literacy rate is also low when compared with urban areas where the literacy rate is very high.
In certain countries, voting is mandatory and those who do not vote will be fined. Though there is no such law in our country, the social activists say that people should inculcate a sense of dutifulness to cast their vote.