In the U.S. the percentage of the voting age population that actually casts a ballot is dismally low, in comparison to other developed nations. It hasn't broken 60% in a presidential election since 1968 and hasn't been above 40% in a midterm election since 1970. This year will be no better.
Some countries achieve turnouts of 80-90% by making voting compulsory. U.S. "swing states" appear to have historically higher turnout. Minnesota touts it's same-day registration, and Oregon it's vote-by-mail program. In the wake of hurricane Sandy parts of New Jersey will be able to vote by email/fax, making it easier for them to vote.
What can we do to get our national voter turnout up to 75-85%?