Voter turnout down from 2015 elec­tion

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF

There was a plunge in the voter turnout for the rid­ings in the Peter­bor­ough area in Mon­day’s fed­eral elec­tion, even though more votes were cast over­all be­cause of new vot­ers vot­ing for the first time.

With 282 of 283 polls re­port­ing, 68,854 of 99,635 reg­is­tered elec­tors cast a vote in the Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha rid­ing.

That’s a voter turnout of 69.11 per cent, ex­clud­ing the vot­ers in the other two polls.

That’s down from a 73.19 per cent turnout for the rid­ing in 2015, when there were 91,180 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers. In Hal­ibur­ton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, 65,015 of 98,985 reg­is­tered elec­tors cast a vote for a turnout of 65.68 per cent, down from 68.02 per cent in 2015, al­though more votes were cast since the num­ber of reg­is­tered elec­tors was up from 91,208 in the last elec­tion.

In Northum­ber­land-Peter­bor­ough South, 68,268 of 96,481 reg­is­tered elec­tors cast a vote for a turnout of 70.49 per cent. That rate is down from 71.67 per cent in 2015, al­though more votes were also cast since the num­ber of reg­is­tered elec­tors was up from 89,128 in the last elec­tion.

With 222 of 224 polls re­port­ing in Hast­ings-Len­nox and Ad­ding­ton, east of Peter­bor­ough County, 51,321 of 80,079 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers cast a vote for a turnout of 64.09 per cent, down from 68.83 in 2015 when there were 72,641 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers.

Elec­tions Canada cau­tions that the voter turnout tal­lies don’t take into ac­count new vot­ers that were reg­is­tered on elec­tion day.

The voter turnout plunge hap­pened even though turnout for the ad­vance polls, held from Oct. 11 to 14, was much higher than the 2015 elec­tion ad­vance poll turnout.

Elec­tions Canada said 17,352 votes were cast at the ad­vance polls in Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha, 2,101 more than were cast in the ad­vance polls in 2015.

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