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Voter turnout in Brampton was better than it was the last time there was a provincial election, still though, residents in one local riding managed the poorest participation rate in the province.Brampton Guardian
BRAMPTON— Voter turnout in Brampton was better than it was for the last provincial election — except in one local riding, which managed the poorest participation rate in the province.
According to Elections Ontario numbers, Mississauga-Brampton South had the lowest voter turnout in province. At just 42.4 per cent, it was well below the provincial voting rate of 52.1 per cent.
Turnout in Brampton’s four ridings averaged 44.5 per cent.
The highest local participation rate in the June 12 election was Brampton-Springdale at 46.5 per cent, followed by Bramalea-Gore-Malton at 45.9 per cent and Brampton West at 43.3 per cent.
During the 2011 election, about 40 per cent of Brampton’s registered voters bothered to actually cast a ballot compared to about 49.2 per cent province-wide.
Despite drawing plenty of attention from the campaigning parties, which see Brampton as prime real estate in the 905-region, voter turnout has been weak in the last three elections.
In 2007 only about 43 per cent of the electorate voted, which was also below the province-wide turnout of 52.7 per cent.