Voter turnout drops again in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding

Voter turnout dips lower

Almost all of the ballots submitted on election day in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay have been counted in Canada's 2021 federal election and voter turnout is showing lower numbers than past elections.

Voter turnout was 58.84 per cent in the riding, seeing 60,269 ballots cast among 102,433 eligible voters, according to the data released from Elections Canada. There are still two of the 289 polls left to report for the election.

In 2019, the riding saw a voter turnout of roughly 69 per cent. The turnout was roughly 73 per cent in 2015.

Voter turnout in Canada overall for 2021 saw 16,083,299 of 27,366,297 registered electors cast their ballot, equalling around 58 per cent.

The highest voter turnout in Canadian election history was in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of voters showed up to elect John Diefenbaker, giving his Progressive Conservatives the largest majority government in the nation's history.

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