Voter Turnout in Federal Election About Average Despite Pandemic Challenges

OTTAWA—Sixty-two percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s federal election—about the average turnout for recent Canadian elections despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections Canada says almost 17 million Canadians voted, out of 27.4 million eligible electors. That does not include voters who registered on election day so the final number could tick up a bit, the agency says. Turnout was down from 67 percent in 2019 and 68.3 percent in 2015 but it was still better than four of the previous seven federal elections held in Canada since the turn of the century. The pandemic resulted in fewer polling locations, fewer poll workers and long lineups to vote last Monday in some places. It also resulted in a record number of Canadians—some 850,000—voting by mail. Election officials completed counting the mail-in ballots on Saturday. Elections Canada expected to finish validating the results in all ridings on …

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