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Voter participation down across Kamloops and Canada

A voter heads to cast their vote in Canada's federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
October 22, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Voter participation in Kamloops was slightly higher than the national average this election but lower than it was in 2015.

Nationwide, roughly 66 percent of eligible voters — or 17.9 million of a potential 27 million registered electors — cast ballots in the federal election yesterday, Oct. 21.

Meanwhile, in the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, there were 102,759 registered electors and 71,703 voted, amounting to a 69.8 per cent voter turnout.

Cathy McLeod got 44.7 per cent of the vote while her closest competitor Terry Lake got 27.3 per cent of the vote.

In 2015, 70.6 per cent turned up at the polls.

This election there was increased voter eligibility with long-term expats living abroad able to vote courtesy of a Supreme Court ruling.

Current figures do not include people who registered on Election Day.

In 2015, more than 17.7 million Canadians, or 68.3 per cent of eligible voters, cast ballots — amounting to the highest voter turnout in 25 years. It was up from 14.8-million, or 61.1 per cent 2011.

The lowest turnout was just one election earlier, in 2008, when 58.8 per cent of voters turned out.

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