The Take: Why is Iran seeing its lowest voter turnout ever?

Iranians are electing a new president – but fewer voters than ever have turned out.

A ballot box at a polling station in a snap presidential election to choose a successor to Ebrahim Raisi following his death in a helicopter crash, in Tehran, Iran June 28, 2024 [Majid Asgaripour/WANA/Reuters]

Iranians are voting for a new president but the first round of the election saw the lowest voter turnout in the country’s history. Will more people come out on Friday for the final round of the vote, or will this trend continue? And why has turnout been so low?

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This episode was produced by David Enders, Duha Mossad and Marcos Bartolomé. With Amy Walters, Manahil Naveed, Mohammed Zain Shafi Khan, Veronique Eshaya and our host Kevin Hirten in for Malika Bilal.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik. Munera Al Dosari and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera