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Election turnout hits 68.5 per cent, highest in more than 20 years

Swell in numbers was partly due to the 3.6 million Canadians who voted during four-day advance polls


 
Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images

Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images

OTTAWA – Elections Canada says 68.5 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in Monday’s federal election, the largest turnout of voters in more than 20 years.

Of the 25.6 million people registered to vote, close to 17.6 million turned up at polls across the country in an election that handed the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau a majority victory.

That kind of turnout hasn’t been seen since the 1993 election, a campaign that also resulted in a sweeping Liberal win under the stewardship of Jean Chretien.

The swell in numbers was partly due to the 3.6 million Canadians who cast ballots during the four-day advance polling period on the Thanksgiving long weekend — an increase of 71 per cent over the 2011 election, when only three days of advance polls were held.


 

Election turnout hits 68.5 per cent, highest in more than 20 years

  1. Don’t believe it can really be said that the higher turnout is due to the turnout at the Advance Polls. How do we know if the Advance Poll voters were new voters or not? We don’t. They may just have been people who voted in the regular polls last time but decided to vote in the Advance Polls this time. We’ll have to await more data analysis but I’d guess that the higher turnout was due to some combination of efforts to get more young people to vote and a desire to get rid of the Harper government. Also, we really don’t know yet what the exact turnout was because the real measure should be against all “Eligible Voters” not all “Registered Voters”. Remember, there were a number of voters who weren’t initially registered to vote but who showed up at the polls with proper identification and were allowed to vote, thus adding their number to the new total for “Registered Voters”.

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