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Voter Turnout (Municipal Election)

Definition

Voter turnout measures the percentage of registered voters who turn out to vote in elections. Peg reports this indicator for municipal, provincial, and federal elections separately.

Why This Matters

Elections are the most fundamental processes of democratic engagement, and high turnouts are generally considered to be positive-voter turnouts are an indicator of the overall health of the democratic system. Voter turnout varies across the population, with some groups better represented at the polls than others. Age, education, and income are three major factors that influence voter turnout. A common concern is that low voter turnouts may affect the extent to which electoral outcomes (and therefore policies of government) reflect the will of the general population.

Measurement and Limitations

Voter turnout was calculated by looking at the number of votes divided by the number of registered voters. There are several other ways of calculating voter turnout. For instance, voter turnout is often calculated by dividing the number of people going to the polls to vote divided by the number of eligible voters. Though this would give a more accurate representation of the percentage of the eligible population that votes, it can be difficult to determine the precise number of eligible voters. Caution should be used when comparing against other figures. Figures for both Federal and Provincial elections are tabulated based on calculating the total voter turnout for ridings only within the City of Winnipeg.

Data Source

Voter turnout data for all of Canada’s previous federal elections can be found at: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&dir=turn&document=index&lang=e

The most recent data for this indicator was made available in 2016. This data is updated when the data is released publically following an election.

Voter turnout data for all of Manitoba’s previous provincial elections can be found at: http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/downloads/HistoricalSummary.pdf.

Voter turnout data for Winnipeg’s previous municipal elections can be found at: http://winnipeg.ca/clerks/election/election2014/pdfs/officialresults.pdf

References

City of Winnipeg. (2013). Election archive. Retrieved from http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/downloads/HistoricalSummary.pdf

Elections Canada. (2013). Past elections. Retrieved from http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&dir=turn&document=index&lang=e

Statistics Canada. (2012). Factors associated with voting. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012001/article/11629-eng.pdf

Voter Turnout (Municipal Election)

Voter turnout measures the percentage of registered voters who turn out to vote in elections. Peg reports this indicator for municipal, provincial, and federal elections separately.
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Voter Turnout (Municipal Election) Sustainable Development Goals

16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.