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Ontario's record low voter turnout


Queen’s University political studies professor Scott Matthews is available to talk about Ontario’s record-low voter turnout for Thursday’s election.

The Ontario government tried to increase voter participation by doing a number of initiatives, including more advance polls. Dr. Matthews predicted before the election these measures would have little impact.

“My guess is the people who used these advance polls would have also showed up on election day if that was their only option. How do you explain why overall voter turnout was down? It was just a boring election. There weren’t any salient issues,” says Dr. Matthews. “We just had a federal election recently that consumed some of the resources organizationally to organize a campaign. It’s hard to get activists out when they have already been through a challenging campaign earlier in the year.”

Dr. Matthews is available for phone interviews only.

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