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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Turnout (was re: Private to everyone)

Guys, guys, guys: the comparison is not as between federal and provincial voter turnout in Newfoundland and Labrador. The comparison is between provincial voter turnout among the various provinces.

And the picture is not a very pretty one. Out of the ten provinces, in the most recent provincial general election, Newfoundland and Labrador had a voter turnout of 57.9 percent, or sixth out of the ten:

Prov
Election
Turnout
Rank
BC
2013
57.1
7
AB
2012
57.0
8
SK
2011
66.0
3
MB
2011
55.8
9
ON
2014
52.1
10
QC
2014
71.4
2
NB
2014
65.4
4
NS
2013
59.0
5
PE
2011
76.5
1
NL
2011
57.9
6

And, as noted by one of the very papers that the much-maligned (for no good reason) Samara study cites, between 1965 and 2009, Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial voter turnout averaged 71.1%... again, sixth out of the ten provinces:


Maybe there's some evidence of high voter engagement that Samara missed, and which would put paid to their conclusions.

The provincial voter-turnout record is not that evidence.

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1 Comments:

At 3:20 PM, March 31, 2015 , Blogger Ed Hollett said...

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians aren't more politically engaged than others, at least measured by turnout.

They turn out more for provincial than federal elections.

Personally, I thought the study was a useful smack to conventional wisdom, which is, not surprisingly, anything but wise. The issue needs more study.

 

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