Voter turnout a big disappointment

Proponents of electoral reform are pushing for changes, after the dismal voter turnout in last week’s
provincial election.
Only 43 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, a record low.
Duff Conacher from Democracy Watch says the situation is a “clear crisis,” which raises questions about the legitimacy of elected governments in Ontario.

Several organizations have called for an end to the first-past-the-post system, where the winner in a riding takes all replacing it, instead, with some form of ranked ballots or proportional counting of votes.
But referendums on electoral changes have been defeated in several provinces including one held in Ontario in 2007.


Photo: The voting process is coming under criticism once again following dismal turnout numbers for this year’s provincial election. Photo by Rosalind Russell

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