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Tuesday October 28th, 2014

Posted at 11:30am

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After peaking in 2010, Windsor’s voter turnout on Monday dropped to a level below that of 2006.

Only 58,770 people, or 37.51 per cent of registered voters actually cast ballots in Monday’s election. There were 156,663 registered voters.

In 2010, Windsor saw a surge in voters, with a turnout of 46.28%. The election drew voters out to the polls as Mayor Eddie Francis sought a third term, and was challenged by second-place finisher Rick Limoges. Out of 152,557 registered voters that year, 70,603 cast ballots.

Back in 2006, voter turnout was similar to this year. Only 38.2% of voters cast ballots that year. Francis was There were 152,798 registered voters in 2010.

Despite this year’s bad overall voter turnout, certain individual wards saw turnouts ranging from highs to lows.

Ward 1, largely in South Windsor, had the city’s highest voter turnout for councillor. More than half of that ward’s registered voters showed up to cast ballots to replace Mayor-elect Drew Dilkens. Voters cast 8,170 ballots out of 13,598 registered voters, a figure of 60.08 per cent.

Outgoing Mayor Eddie Francis’ brother Fred won that ward with 36.57% of the vote.

Ward 6 had the second highest voter turnout. In that ward 7,817 of 13,696 registered voters cast ballots for the council race. That’s a figure of 57.08 per cent. Incumbent Jo-Anne Gignac won with 69.89 per cent.

In terms of Windsor’s worst geographic voter turnout for a council race, Ward 8 only saw 4,116 of 10,547 ballots cast, or 39.03 per cent, in the race for Councillor. Incumbent Bill Marra captured 77.34 per cent of the vote to win re-election in Ward 8.

The rest of Windsor’s wards saw turnout percentages ranging from the low 40’s to the upper 50’s.

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