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Ontario voter turnout up for first time in 20+ years

52% of eligible voters cast ballots in provincial election

For the first time in more than two decades, voter turnout increased in Ontario compared to the previous provincial election.

Elections Ontario says unofficial results from yesterday's election indicate 52.1 per cent of the province's 9.2 million eligible voters cast their ballots.

That means 4.8 million Ontarians had a say in shaping the government.

That's an improvement from a historic low in the last provincial election in 2011, when 48.2 per cent of eligible voters went to the polls.

Ontario's Liberals secured a majority, winning their fourth straight mandate.

The Progressive Conservatives lost 10 seats, prompting party leader Tim Hudak to announce his plan to resign, and the NDP maintained their status as the third party.

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  1. JohnH_6636 posted on 06/13/2014 04:01 PM
    In Vaughan and Thornhill, it was close to double of byelection results of incumbants.
    The Thornhill win among tightest if not tightest ever, leaves a council seat in Ward 4 at Vaughan with a few months before provincial election. Will Vaughan run byelection or do the Doug Hollyday concept of appointed from nominations? That ward was kind to me when I ran for region in 2010.
  2. JohnH_6636 posted on 06/13/2014 04:02 PM
    I meant municipal, I still have provincial on the brain.
  3. Dawn posted on 06/14/2014 10:14 AM
    The pundits were wrong about lower turnout. Just like the Sun, Globe & Mail and National Post were wrong in their endorsement of a candidate with bad math.
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