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Increasing Municipal Voter Turnout Rate: Methods for Canadian Municipalities

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Original Air Date: September 11th, 2018  1pm - 2pmET

Federal and Provincial elections yield higher voter turnout rates compared to municipal elections. To provide an example, in Ontario, the average voter turnout for the 2014 municipal election was 43.12 percent compared to a 51.3 percent turnout rate in the 2014 Ontario provincial election. There are multiple factors influencing an individual’s decision not to vote including not understanding how their vote will have an impact, not knowing what municipalities have jurisdiction of, and being confused or unaware of the voting process. The most underrepresented demographics in municipal election turnout rates are youth, immigrants, and Indigenous peoples. Therefore, municipalities discover new ways of increasing voter turnout and engaging with these groups, especially as municipalities across the country are gearing up for their respective municipal election this fall and winter.

This webinar will offer municipalities insight to a new method of voting and provide innovative ideas for increasing voter turnout. Panelists will share their methods of increasing voter turnout in municipal elections. The webinar will also discuss the new ranked choice voting system that will be tested in London, Ontario making London the first Canadian municipality to use this system.

The webinar will have a live Q&A period that will allow attendees to have the opportunity to send in questions prior to the webinar and have the chance to engage with the panelists and share their ideas. If you have any questions, send them to Sloane Sweazey at ssweazey@psdrcs.com.

 

PANELISTS

 

  • Kate Graham, Researcher, MayorsProject.ca
  • Cathy Saunders, City Clerk, City of London, ON
  • Paul Hendren, Election Outreach Lead, City of Vancouver, BC
  • Aaron Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Winnipeg
 

 

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September 11th, 2018  1pm - 2pmET

Federal and Provincial elections yield higher voter turnout rates compared to municipal elections. To provide an example, in Ontario, the average voter turnout for the 2014 municipal election was 43.12 percent compared to a 51.3 percent turnout rate in the 2014 Ontario provincial election. There are multiple factors influencing an individual’s decision not to vote including not understanding how their vote will have an impact, not knowing what municipalities have jurisdiction of, and being confused or unaware of the voting process. The most underrepresented demographics in municipal election turnout rates are youth, immigrants, and Indigenous peoples. Therefore, municipalities discover new ways of increasing voter turnout and engaging with these groups, especially as municipalities across the country are gearing up for their respective municipal election this fall and winter.

This webinar will offer municipalities insight to a new method of voting and provide innovative ideas for increasing voter turnout. Panelists will share their methods of increasing voter turnout in municipal elections. The webinar will also discuss the new ranked choice voting system that will be tested in London, Ontario making London the first Canadian municipality to use this system.

The webinar will have a live Q&A period that will allow attendees to have the opportunity to send in questions prior to the webinar and have the chance to engage with the panelists and share their ideas. If you have any questions, send them to Sloane Sweazey at ssweazey@psdrcs.com.

 

PANELISTS

 

  • Kate Graham, Researcher, MayorsProject.ca
  • Cathy Saunders, City Clerk, City of London, ON
  • Paul Hendren, Election Outreach Lead, City of Vancouver, BC
  • Aaron Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Winnipeg
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