Canada Voter Turnout
May 6, 2011 by staff
Canada Voter Turnout, Nanaimo-Cowichan participation of voters was during the historic federal election on Monday, surpassing our 2008 visitors vote with only one percent. The horse was 64.9 per cent of its 98,399 registered voters cast ballots. These figures compared with 63.9 percent of 94,057 eligible voters mark X in the 2008 election, Elections Canada numbers show. Nanaimo-Cowichan posted a 67 per cent stake in the 2006 elections. 2011-Nanaimo Cowichan beat the participation of nationals of 61.4 percent among voters respond 23,900,000 registered voters, the federal figures show. However, most Canucks votes cast this year compared to a 58.8 percent stake in 2008.
On May 02 ballot saw Stephen Harper Conservatives won 166 of 308 seats in the majority.
Voter turnout slipped slightly in the two federal districts Nanaimo, but nearly 67,000 registered voters in the region does not cast a vote on Monday.
In Nanaimo-Cowichan, where NDP MP Jean Crowder was re-elected, 64.9 percent of registered voters turned out to vote compared to 63.5 percent in the 2008 elections.
Riding Conservative MP James Lunney in Nanaimo-Alberni was 67 percent of registered voters voted against 64.8 percent in 2008.
The largest increase in voter turnout in Vancouver Island was in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, where Elizabeth May became the first Green Party candidate elected to parliament. That horse jumped by 70.4 per cent stake of 75.2 percent.
Preliminary results put voter turnout at 61.4 percent nationally, Elections Canada said Tuesday. It depends from 58.8 percent in the last federal election.
Demographics can play a major role in whether a person will go to the polls on Election Day, according to political observers. But it also comes down to how well the candidates engage voters.
“I think everyone expected that participation is a little larger, taking into account all the interests in the last couple of weeks,” said Alan Warnke, a political science professor at Vancouver Island University. “All Western electoral systems are faced with what we can do to make people interested.”
More rural and suburban walks tend to produce higher voter turnout, said Warnke. That may explain in part why Nanaimo rides produced the highest turnouts.
“Maybe people are a little more connected to their community. There is a community identity,” he said.
Age also plays a factor. Nanaimo-Alberni contains two communities are among the highest populations of seniors in the country: Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The Nanaimo-Cowichan riding also has an above average number of older adults. But there are signs that the parties are making some progress with the youth vote.
Four students from McGill University in Montreal were voted in the House of Commons in Monday’s election.
All four candidates hit headlines Bloc Québécois.
No wonder voter turnout is high in surveys of progress did not translate into election day, said Dennis Pilon, a political science professor at the University of Victoria.
In walks in Nanaimo, more than 18,000 people took advantage of the opportunity to vote in advance polls, increased significantly from the 13,238 who voted in advance in 2008.
“What happens is these new opportunities are being taken mostly by people who have already committed to vote,” said Pilon.
Encouraging people to vote is not to make the process easier, it is drawn into the political process itself. “Personal contact” with voters, whether for candidates or election officials, is key to achieving this, he said.
“Someone who puts a face to the process of helping to facilitate his or her entry into the political system.”
Pilon said the use of social media to receive messages from the candidates out and encourage them to vote against the height of the publicity this election. He noted volunteers based the success of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign on a combination of social media and going door.
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