A smaller percentage of Canadians flocked to the polls to cast ballots in this year’s federal election compared to 2015.
Nearly 17.9 million people voted this year out of an eligible 27.1 million Canadians, putting voter turnout at 65.95 per cent, according to preliminary results from Elections Canada.
Approximately 4.7 million of Canadians voted during advance polling last week, an increase of 29 per cent over 2015.
In that election, which led to a Trudeau majority, voter turnout stood at 68.5 per cent, which was the highest since 1993.
According to Wikipedia, the average voter turnout since 1867 has been 70.5 per cent, with the biggest numbers of electors out in 1958, 1960 and 1963 with turnout rates of more than 79 per cent.
Here are the voter turnouts this century for federal elections:
- 61.1 per cent in 2011 - Conservative majority
- 58.8 per cent in 2008 - Conservative minority
- 64.7 per cent in 2006 - Conservative minority
- 60.9 per cent in 2004 - Liberal minority
- 61.3 per cent in 2000 - Liberal majority
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that a smaller number of Canadians voted this year compared to 2015. In fact, a smaller percentage of Canadians had voted this year.