Early data suggests historically low voter turnout in federal election

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Early figures suggest voter turnout was indeed a historic low for a federal election – despite long lines at many polling stations on Election Day.

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Preliminary data from Elections Canada showed turnout was at least 59 percent, the lowest rate in more than a decade and well above an all-time federal election low.

Some believe the pandemic may have kept people away from polling stations and is the main reason advance voting and mail-in ballots were so popular.

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That figure will change with a million mail-in ballots that still need to be verified. Elections Canada still requires ballots to be counted by those who were not registered but appeared at the polling station.


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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he is upset by the apparent lack of interest in the election and says the mid-term election forced the Canadian election to try to make things accessible.

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“I blame Mr Trudeau,” says Singh. “They called the election without laws that would have allowed us to make adjustments so that we could make sure there were easier ways to vote in the pandemic.”

Trudeau has not spoken publicly since election night and has yet to react to the low turnout. Moderate ministers also could not be reached for comment.

The last time such a low turnout was in 2008, when only over 58 percent of eligible voters voted.

In 2019, 67% of the registered voters cast their vote. The 2015 federal election saw a turnout of just over 68 percent.

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