Voter Turnout

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Federal Election

The following table shows the voter turnout (percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot) in each of Niagara’s electoral districts in the 2015 Federal Election. Comparative figures are also shown for overall voter turnout in Niagara and across Canada.

Voter turnout figures by electoral district are available but are not shown below due to a reconfiguration of electoral districts.

There was a significant spike in voter turnout in the 2015 federal election in Niagara and across Canada as a whole. While previous municipal, provincial, and federal elections saw a voter turnout in the range of 40-60%, the 2015 federal election drew nearly 70% of eligible voters across Canada, and 67% of eligible voters in the four electoral districts in Niagara.

Electoral District Votes Obtained Population Represented Number of Electors on List Voter Turnout – 2015 Voter Turnout – 2011 Voter Turnout – 2008
Niagara Centre 55,005 105,860 83,799 65.6%
Niagara Falls 65,064 128,357 103,291 63.0%
Niagara West 50,899 86,533 69,414 73.3%
St. Catharines 57,834 110,596 85,377 67.7%
Total 228,802 431,346 341,881 66.9% 60.9% 59.6%
Average Voter Turnout across Canada 68.3% 61.1% 58.8%

Source: Elections Canada. 42nd General Election: Official Voting Results
Retrieved from: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=rep/off/42gedata&document=byed&lang=e

Provincial Election

The following table illustrates voter turnout (percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot) in each of Niagara’s electoral districts in the 2014 Provincial Election.

Electoral District Votes Obtained Population Represented Voting Population Voter Turnout
Niagara Falls 51,563 127,789 100,698 51.2%
Niagara West—Glanbrook 56,954 123,352 97,201 58.6%
St. Catharines 47,239 109,388 86,198 54.8%
Welland 46,427 110,740 87,263 53.2%
Total 202,183 471,269 371,360 54.4%

Elections Ontario. (2014). Official Election Results [Data file].
Retrieved from http://www.elections.on.ca/en/resource-centre/elections-results/official-past-elections-results.html

Municipal Elections

The following table shows the voter turnout (percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot) in each of the lower-tier municipal elections in Niagara for 2014, compared to the four prior municipal elections. The average across the Niagara region is also shown.  Further details can be found at each lower-tier municipality’s website.

Municipal Election Voter Turnout in Niagara

2000 to 2014

(% of eligible voters who cast a ballot)

Municipality 2000 2003 2006 2010 2014
Fort Erie 29.0 34.0 37.0 41.0 43.7
Grimsby 46.1 47.3 44.8 39.0 42.4
Lincoln 33.4 35.8 34.0 37.0 37.5
Niagara Falls 40.3 47.8 41.3 43.0 36.7
Niagara-on-the-Lake N/A 44.0 47.0 49.0 48.5
Pelham 42.5 49.4 48.6 45.0 43.9
Port Colborne 29.4 49.6 51.7 51.0 45.7
St. Catharines 27.0 29.7 40.7 31.0 34.3
Thorold 47.6 39.0 40.7 40.0 36.9
Wainfleet 43.6 33.6 43.4 49.0 52.5
Welland 55.0 44.8 42.4 41.0 35.8
West Lincoln 38.8 39.3 37.3 37.0 37.5
Average 39.3 41.2 42.4 41.9 41.3

Source: Municipality websites. Table compiled by Niagara Connects, Living in Niagara–2017 report.

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