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“Higher voter turnouts strengthen democracy.” ~ Doc Meek

Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Today I am grateful that 61% of Canadian voters turned out to vote. We need the historic highs of 79% to better serve democracy I think. ~ Doc Meek

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Election voter turnout higher than 2008, but near historic lows
By Patrick Cain, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:36 AM
TORONTO – About 61 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots last night, a total roughly in line with Canada’s four other 21st-century elections.
The total was higher than in the 2008 election, in which a record low of 58.8 per cent of eligible voters showed up at the polls.
Voter turnout has been falling generally in every election since 1979 [Trudeau’s interregnum year when Joe Clark was Prime Minister for a few months]. Before the 1972 election, turnout often reached 79 per cent.
The 1958 election that brought John Diefenbaker to power had the nation’s highest-ever turnout, at 79.4 per cent.
Thank you, Patrick Cain and, for so succinctly summing up the “voter turnout” issue!
Doc Meek, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA
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