Cornwall, Summerside see decline in number of people going to the polls
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Despite a crowded, competitive mayoral race in Charlottetown, voter turnout in Monday’s election remained virtually the same as in 2014.
In absolute numbers, however, more people voted in Charlottetown in 2018 compared to 2014. Voter turnout in Charlottetown stood at 58 per cent for Monday’s municipal election, with 14,563 votes cast. In 2014, the turnout was 58 per cent, with 13,449 votes cast.
Philip Brown defeated four other challengers for the mayor’s seat, stepping into the role inhabited by departing mayor Clifford Lee.
Stratford saw the biggest increase in voter turnout, from 41 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent on Monday. But the city saw its total votes cast drop substantially, from 4,171 in 2014 to 3,392 in Monday’s election.
Both Summerside and Cornwall saw drops in voter turnout compared to 2014. Summerside saw voter turnout at 59 per cent, down from 65 per cent in 2014. Total voters also dropped from 6,747 in 2014 to 6,240 in 2018.
Cornwall’s turnout dropped from 53 per cent in 2014 to 49 per cent in 2018. This percentage drop occurred despite an increase in total voters, from 1,711 in 2014 to 1,815 in 2018.
At a glance
Voter turnout in P.E.I.’s biggest municipalities:
- Charlottetown: 58 per cent
- Summerside: 59 per cent
- Cornwall: 49 per cent
- Stratford: 50 per cent