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Voter turnout in Waterloo Region stagnant overall

Voter turnout rates in Monday's municipal elections in Waterloo Region were either stagnant or lower than the turnout from the 2010 elections.

Voter turnout rates in Monday's municipal elections in Waterloo Region were either stagnant or lower than the numbers in the 2010 elections.

In the region, Wilmot Township had the highest turnout at 40.6 per cent, while on the low end, Cambridge, Kitchener and Wellesley Township all hovered around 29 per cent. 

Meanwhile, Guelph had an even higher election turnout than Wilmot, at 44.96 per cent. 

Both Guelph and Cambridge implemented online voting, but Cambridge's voter turnout barely increased, while Guelph's increased substantially. 

Here's a closer look at the unofficial turnout rates in 2014 for Guelph and all municipalities and townships in Waterloo Region. Also included are reported turnout rates from 2010 and 2006 for comparison.

Kitchener

  • 2014 voter turnout: 29.94 per cent. Figures on ballots cast and eligible voters not yet available. 
  • 2010 turnout: 27.41 per cent, according to the city. 
  • 2006 voter turnout: 25.48 per cent or 37,464 out of 147,042 eligible votes. 

Waterloo

  • 2014 voter turnout: 35.93 per cent or 25,750 ballots cast out of 71,667 eligible voters.
  • 2010 voter turnout: 41.16 per cent or 27,253 ballots cast cast of 66,206 eligible voters.
  • 2006 voter turnout: 28.66 per cent or 22,927 ballots cast out of 79,997 eligible voters.

Cambridge

  • 2014 voter turnout: 29.89 per cent or 25,679 ballots cast out of 85,922 eligible voters. 
  • 2010 voter turnout: 28.71 per cent or 23,924 ballots cast out of 83,329 eligible voters.
  • 2006 voter turnout: 26.33 per cent or 22,521 ballots cast out of 85,547 eligible voters.

Guelph

  • 2014 voter turnout: 44.97 percent or 38,933 ballots cast out of 86,574 eligible voters.
  • 2010 voter turnout: 33.9 percent or 28,072 ballots cast out of 82,794 eligible voters.

North Dumfries township

  • ​2014 voter turnout: 39.63 per cent or 3,037 ballots cast out of 7,663 eligible voters.
  • 2010 voter turnout: 48.64 per cent, or 3,441 ballots cast out of  7,075 eligible voters.
  • 2006 voter turnout: 26.81 per cent, or 1,951 ballots cast out of 7,276 eligible voters.

​​​Wellesley township

  • ​2014 voter turnout: 29.3 per cent, with a total of 7,658 eligible voters. 
  • 2010 voter turnout: 11.49 per cent or 846 ballots cast out of 7,365 eligible voters​.
  • 2006 voter turnout: 31.37 per cent or 2,206 ballots cast out of 7,033 eligible voters.

Wilmot township

  • ​​2014 voter turnout: 40.6 per cent, or 6,115 ballots cast out of 15,095 eligible voters​
  • 2010 voter turnout: 47.15 per cent, or 6,782 ballots cast out of 14,384 eligible voters​
  • 2006 voter turnout: 24.7 per cent, or 3,317 ballots cast out of 13,403 eligible voters

​​Woolwich township

  • ​​2014 voter turnout: 36.9 percent, 6,637 and 17,985 eligible voters (unofficial)
  • 2010 voter turnout: 36.26 percent 6,089 ballots cast or 16,794 eligible voters
  • 2006 voter turnout: 27.03 percent or 4,205 ballots cast out of 15,559 eligible voters  

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