B.C. second last in country for voter turnout

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Advance poll numbers are up 25% in B.C., but that doesn’t guarantee a rise in the overall number of voters on election day. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

Advance poll numbers are up 25% in B.C., but that doesn’t guarantee a rise in the overall number of voters on election day. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

Advance polls have jump as high as 25% for this election, but as 24 hours reported Monday that doesn’t mean voter turnout will be high.

Despite larger advance poll numbers in recent elections actual turnouts on election day have decreased.

B.C. currently ranks second last in the country when it comes to voter turnout followed by Ontario going by the last election.

The best voter turnout in Canada belonged to Prince Edward Island, which managed a 77% turnout for its last provincial election in 2011.

Quebec came in second behind P.E.I. in 2012, but those numbers spiked 30 % over the previous election and came after a major student strike last summer.

Here’s what other provinces looked like:

Election figures

  • Alberta, 2012: 54%
  • B.C. 2009: 51%
  • Manitoba 2011: 56%
  • New Brunswick 2010: 72%
  • Newfoundland and Labrador 2011: 58%
  • Nova Scotia 2009: 58%
  • Ontario 2011: 49%
  • Quebec 2012: 75%
  • Prince Edward Island 2011: 77%
  • Saskatchewan 2011: 66%

 

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