St. John's voter turnout not as dismal as city numbers suggested
Numbers given to CBC News on Tuesday measured two different sets of data
Numbers given to CBC News on Tuesday showed voter turnout up to that point was at rock bottom compared with the last municipal election, but the numbers provided by the city were problematic — they compared apples and oranges.
The city said 14 per cent of ballots from all eligible voters had been returned that day, compared with 44 per cent at the same point in the 2013 election.
What wasn't said was that 44 per cent was a percentage of all the people who voted that year. Of course, not every eligible voter votes. So, In fact, that 44 per cent equalled just 23 per cent of all eligible voters in 2013.
Things have improved dramatically.- Dennis O'Keefe
So here's the real breakdown CBC was looking for — on Tuesday, 14 per cent of eligible voters had mailed in their ballots. That's down from 23 per cent in 2013.
Lower … but not as bad as residents were led to believe
Ballot count rising
On Friday the mayor said the gap is closing.
Better, but still lower than the 40 per cent of all eligible voter ballots that had been returned at this point in 2013. Voter turnout was low in 2013 and it's still on track to be even lower this year.
Sept. 22 is the deadline for mailing ballots through Canada Post.
St. John's residents can still drop off their ballots at the box in front of city hall and they can also vote in person on election day, Sept. 26.
Further details are available on the city's website.