Smaller percentage of Barrie-area voters turned out this year over past elections

Less than 60 per cent of eligible voters in each riding cast a ballot

So… did you vote?

Preliminary results from Elections Canada show the majority of Barrie-area electors did cast a ballot in the 44th federal election. However, the turnout rate was lower across both ridings than in the past.

In the Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte riding, there were 49,656 ballots cast out of 82,843 registered electors, which represents 59.94 per cent of the voting public. Compare that to the 65.78 per cent who turned out for the 2019 federal election in this riding. In 2015, 67.44 per cent of eligible Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte voters cast a ballot.

Barrie-Innisfil has 90,268 registered voters; Elections Canada reports exactly 50,000 voted in this year’s federal election. That represents 55.39 per cent of the riding’s eligible electors. In 2019, 62.77 per cent of eligible voters turned out at the polls in Barrie-Innisfil. Elections Canada says 64.06 per cent of eligible Barrie-Innisfil voters turned out at the polls in the 2015 election.

Both ridings grew in population by approximately 5,000 eligible voters since the 2015 general election.

Monday’s status quo election ended with very little change over the government that came before. The Liberal Party of Canada will form another minority government following the vote, despite many Simcoe County-area ridings voting Conservative candidates into office.