Rain to Dampen Election Fever

      April 12, 2016 12:56

      Nationwide rain on Wednesday is threatening to dampen the enthusiasm of voters in the general elections.

      The Korea Meteorological Administration on Monday forecast rain across the country starting with South Jeolla Province and Jeju on Tuesday night and spreading gradually northward.

      According to meteorological information provider Kweather, voter turnout has consistently been higher on sunnier days. The general elections in 1996, which were held on a sunny day, saw a turnout of 63.9 percent, and turnout was also in the high 50-percent range in the following two sunny elections in 2000 and 2004.

      But in the last two general elections in 2008 and 2014, just 46.1 percent and 54.2 percent of voters turned out as it was cloudy and rainy.

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