Collingwood election results are now official, and voter turnout dropped to 39% for the last election.
That’s slightly above the provincial average of about 34-36%, but well below Collingwood’s turnout results of 47.5% in 2018, according to data provided by the Ontario Municipal Association. Ontario (AMO) and provincial data archives.
While the number of eligible voters in Collingwood grew to more than 22,000 people in 2022, even more people voted in 2018 (9,374) than in 2022 (8,692).
Collingwood voters had the option of voting online from any internet connection or in person at the city library. Voting opened Oct. 8 and closed Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.
According to the AMO, there are 10.7 million eligible municipal voters in Ontario, there were 2,860 city council seats up for election this year and 6,306 candidates were running for those seats.
Provincially, voter turnout was down slightly from the 2018 average of 38%.
The Ontario average for municipal voter turnout has hovered between 40 and 44 per cent since the 1980s, with a drop to 38 per cent reported in 2018, and another drop for this week’s election.
Although not all 444 municipal election results were compiled by AMO, 360 municipalities are included in the 2022 information available to date, with a turnout of approximately 34% reported.
In the Blue Mountains, there was a sharp drop in voter turnout to 29% (about 4,073 voters out of 13,903 eligible), down 10% from the 39.6% turnout recorded in 2018.
In Gray Highlands, voter turnout in 2018 was around 37%. This year, AMO reports it at just under 35%.
In Wasaga Beach, voter turnout actually increased this year to 48.98% from 46% in 2018.
In the Township of Clearview, voter turnout has decreased by approximately 5% between 2018 (37.8%) and 2022 (32.2%).