UPDATE: With all the ballots counted, the voter turnout in Grande Prairie-Mackenzie was almost 66 per cent, not accounting for voters who registered on election day. 53,106 of 80,511 registered voters cast a ballot Monday.
The numbers aren’t official yet, but more than 56 per cent of voters in the new Grande Prairie-Mackenzie riding cast a ballot Monday. With 191 of 222 polling stations reporting, nearly 46,000 of the 80,500 registered electors turned out, and that doesn’t include people who registered on election day.
With a newer, smaller riding, it’s hard to compare voter turnout with previous elections, but in 2011, just under 50 per cent had their say. Canada-wide, voter turnout looks to be around 66 per cent, up 5 per cent from 2011. If that turns out to be official, that’s the highest number since 1997.