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Thursday, October 11, 2007

on election results

I was thinking about the low voter turn-out here in Ontario. It is the lowest turn-out ever. You can check the stats here. The lowest previously was in 1923 with only a 54% turn out. Interestingly, in 1971, there was a 71% turn-out which is very high.

I have been thinking that obviously, people must be content with their lot in life (in Ontario anyway). No one is shooting at us, life is pretty good. So why was the turn out so low in 1923? Was it the post-war euphoria? Coupled with the pre-Depression high? Does this have any parallels with our current situation? Just wondering.

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Blogger Granny J said...

Actually, 54% is pretty good. High turnouts usually see a change in government.

10:07 p.m., October 17, 2007  
Anonymous zoom said...

I always show up. I love voting, and we hardly ever get the opportunity.

1:58 a.m., October 21, 2007  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Granny J, 54% may be "high" but not in places where people still think they can accomplish something by voting, where they can die on the way to the polls but still go. Voting should be at least in the 70% level, I think. And we do need a change of government from time to time. In more ways than one.

Zoom, I figured you for a voter. I have one friend who only partly in jest says, "Don't vote! It only encourages them!"

7:49 a.m., October 21, 2007  
Anonymous Olivia Kroth said...

"No one is shooting at us, life is pretty good."

You are lucky living in Canada, Julia. It is a peaceful country with democracy and a stable government. My sister lives there, too. She emigrated as a 19-year-old girl from Germany and has been happy in Canada for almost 40 years now.

Maybe your low voter turn-out in Ontario is a positive sign, signalling stability and contentment.

1:11 a.m., November 04, 2007  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Thanks Olivia, you are right - we have it pretty good here. I guess we figure people should just be a little less apathetic about it.

8:24 a.m., November 06, 2007  

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