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Voter Turnout Dismal in Provincial Election

October 4, 2011 10:15 PM | News

NDP leader Greg Selinger, Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen and Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

You couldn’t blame not voting on the weather, but Manitobans just weren’t feeling election day Tuesday as only about 57 percent of eligible voters visited local polling stations.

The unimpressive turnout, which is almost the lowest in Manitoba history, was a surprise to many with advance voting numbers coming in stronger than in 2007.

Approximately 78,600 Manitobans cast their ballots during the eight days advance polls were open. That’s compared to 42,775 votes cast over seven days in the 2007 election.

Elections Manitoba contributes the increase to more voting booths placed in strategic locations, such as shopping centres, universities, and at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.

To see results from all 57 provincial ridings, visit ElectionsManitoba.ca.