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Voter turnout down in the Cariboo and across the country

(With files by Brody Langager-MyPGNow)

Preliminary numbers show fewer people decided to cast a ballot in this year’s Federal Election compared to the 2019 vote.

Two years ago, the Cariboo- Prince George riding had a 65% voter turnout, which slipped to 56% this year, a 9% drop.

The decline was about the same in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding with about 60.5 percent voting this time around, compared to around 70 percent in 2019.

The lower voter turnout trend also continued on a national level.

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Elections Canada reports that 58% of Canadians cast their ballot this year, compared to 66% in 2019.

It should be noted though that there are just under 1-million mail-in ballots that need to be counted starting today, so that should sway those numbers a little bit.

That is a record number for mail-in ballots, but it is far less than the 5-million Elections Canada predicted would be filled out when the campaign started.

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