08/21/2012 10:06 EDT | Updated 10/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Anglos Who Don't Vote Cite Disconnection, Isolation


Quebec's chief electoral officer deplores it, but says there are as many reasons as there are electors not to bother casting a ballot on election day.

"They don't like the parties. They don't like the candidates. Their vote doesn't count," said the office's spokesperson, Denis Dion. "For us, it's sad."

In the 2008 election, only 57 per cent of people who could vote did, according to Dion's office.

Some of the ridings with the lowest voter turnout are those where the highest concentration of English-language speakers live.

Some anglophones say they simply don't feel connected to any political party.

"I just feel that, in good conscience, there is not one of them that has anything that has addressed the English community," said Elizabeth Toeman, who moved to Montreal from Toronto several years ago.

Toeman still has not decided if she will vote on Sept. 4.

"My conscience says no. But then you have a civic duty to vote," she said.

With less than two weeks to go until election day, CBC Radio, CBC Television and CBCNews.ca all take a closer look at the underlying issues behind low voter turnout in None of the Above.

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