Monday vote sees modest bump in turnout - Macleans.ca
 

Monday vote sees modest bump in turnout

61.4 per cent cent of registered voters cast a ballot


 

Canada’s voter turnout rate inched up slightly to 61.4 per cent in Monday’s election from 59.1 per cent in 2008. PEI voters were the most enthusiastic, with 74 per cent of registered voters casting ballots. On the low end, only 48.5 per cent of voters in Nunavut cast a ballot. The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when John Diefenbaker won an election that saw 79.4 per cent of registered voters participate.

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Monday vote sees modest bump in turnout

  1. After all the talk about big showing at advance pools I'm underwhelmed by 61%.

    When do we find out if the youth vote actually showed up?

  2. Hmmm 40% didn't vote and yet 40% of the 60 who did, elected a majority government. Democracy in action!

    What do you think?

    • I think an imperfect system produces imperfect results and too many people are complacent.

    • As per usual you people miss the point. 100% of the people had the OPPORTUNITY to vote. Perhaps the 40% who didn't vote, decided not to because they are generally satisfied with the way things are?

    • Or as Jon Stewart often calls it, Democracy Inaction!

    • Humans are imperfect.

      Humans make system.

      System is imperfect.

      Deal with it.

      LOL !!!!!

    • Interesting to hear all your takes on this.

      I find it interesting that had that 40% voted, they "could" have elected "anyone" to a majority. It will be interested to see a demographic breakdown, though I'm sure most of us can predict how it will look already.

      Niceguy… I'm sure there are a 1000's of reasons not to vote, apathy chief among them imo. I'll have to disagree with you though and say that most people did indeed "get the point" that those 40% who didn't vote certainly had the opportunity to.

  3. Haha I read this so fast I didn't even notice.

    I was wondering the same thing last night during the coverage, when I got bored of the same old graphs and charts they showed on CBC.

  4. The published figure is probably an overestimate. Elections Canada says that the number of eligible voters does not include those who registered on election day. Assuming that at least some of them were not listed as eligible at some other polling station, and that those are not outnumbered by those registered as eligible in error (the deceased, for example), the number of eligible voters will be an underestimate, resulting in an overestimate of the percentage of eligible voters voting.

    • So, does the number of dead people outnumber the ones forgotten?

      Does the number of people that are listed in two ridings outnumber the ones forgotten?

      Nobody knows…. where is the logic ? !!

  5. In other words, 24% of the population selected a majority government for 76% of the Canadian population. A government that will be accountable to nobody, will be able to pass any laws or legislation that conforms to its narrow ideology.

    Canada is going to hell in a handbasket. Get out while you still can.

    • Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

    • Blame the ones who chose to allow the 24% to decide,. Not the other way around. Between advanced polls and election day, there are few reputable excuses for shunning your simplistic democratic right of marking an X.
      Atlantic Canadians mobilized to vote even though their voice is often considered less powerful than Ontario's or Alberta's.
      It's the vote rich regions that have to deal with indifference.

    • to that I say, the 76% should get off their a$$ and vote. those engagedin the process reap the benefits.

    • That's kind of the definition of our parliamentary democracy.

      I may not like how it turns out sometimes, and I may wish all the time for a system that didn't literally waste over half of the input it's given, but it's what we've got right now.

      • and you've got a snowballs chance in hell of getting electoral reform to get rid of first-past-the-post now that the big C is in.

    • you can always go to Libya and Iran if you want… they are looking for funny people to try and invent a new system.

    • There were many and good reasons to look at the alternatives besides just the Conservatives attack ads. If that's why the Liberal brass feels they lost then I sincerely hope time as the third party teaches them something.

  6. Well run countries have low voter turn-outs, it's a good thing. Not one cent of public money should be spent on increasing voter turn-out.

  7. 5,832,401 voted for a stable national majority government
    that was 1,300,00 more than voted orange crush
    and 3, 100,00 more than voted to 'get rid of Harper'

    BTW the Harper Conservatives won 68% of the seats in the ROC (outsie Quebec).

    • Again, my Canada includes Quebec. And judging by the latest results, those in Quebec think so too.

  8. Great to see such a good result in voter numbers a plus for democracy

  9. Want more Voters? Make it easier,not harder to Vote. Stop having to “get out” and Vote and let us do it from home on out Computers. I just completed a Census on it so don’t tell me we don’t have to technology to do it. It’s here. Let’s just use it.