Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut see big voter turnout increases in federal election

Yukon had one of the highest voter turnouts in this federal election. N.W.T. and Nunavut also saw big increases since the 2011 election.

Yukon sees 2nd-highest voter turnout in Canada

Voters lined up in Iqaluit Monday morning. All three territories saw an increase in voter turnout this federal election compared to the last one. (Nick Murray/CBC)

Yukon had one of the highest voter turnouts in this federal election, and Nunavut and the N.W.T. also saw healthy jumps since the 2011 election.

The figures from Elections Canada, which do not include Canadians who registered on election day, show 76 per cent of eligible voters in Yukon cast a ballot. That trails only Prince Edward Island, which had the highest voter turnout at 77.4 per cent.

Yukon's voter turnout was up nine percentage points from the last federal election.

In Nunavut, 62 per cent of voters went to the polls yesterday — a large increase from the 2011 federal election when only 48.5 per cent of voters in the territory cast ballots.

Voter turnout in the Northwest Territories was 64 per cent this time around, up nearly 10 percentage points from the last federal election, which saw 55.2 per cent of voters cast ballots.

Nationally, figures show more than 68 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

That's a big jump from 2011, when about 61 per cent of Canadians voted.

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