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Fatigue, non aggressive native Ontario races contribute to low voter turnout: consultants


Consultants say voter fatigue, non-competitive races and the non-partisan nature of native elections doubtless contributed to low turnout in lots of communities that voted for his or her municipal governments.

Early numbers from the Affiliation of Municipalities present 36 per cent turnout throughout the 301 of 444 municipalities.

Brampton and Mississauga noticed lower than 25 per cent of eligible voters come out to re-elect incumbents, whereas Ottawa noticed rather less than half of eligible voters — 44 per cent — forged ballots in an open race for a brand new mayor.

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College of Windsor political scientist Lydia Miljan says municipal elections typically see decrease turnout as voters have restricted media protection to look to and no political events to information their choices.

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She says voters within the province may be fatigued after a provincial election in June and a federal election final fall.

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College of Toronto political scientist Renan Levine says high-profile races in place like Toronto — which noticed practically 40 per cent voter turnout — and Mississauga weren’t seen as aggressive and voters might need had a tough time deciding who to help even in communities with open races.

Voter turnout in Ontario’s 2018 municipal elections was 38.3 per cent provincially, the bottom amongst municipal election turnouts recorded since 1982.

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