Voter turnout has been trending downward for the past few elections in Canada.
Average turnout has been 71 per cent for the 41 general elections since 1867.
Turnout rarely went below 70 per cent from the 1950s to 2000, but it has been slipping in the six elections since 1997.
The lowest turnout in Canadian history was in 2008, at 58.8 per cent. The last federal election in 2011 had a turnout of only 61.1 per cent, the third lowest in Canadian history.
The highest turnout, meanwhile, was in 1958, at 79.4 per cent, when the Progressive Conservatives under John Diefenbaker won a majority government. Subsequent elections in 1962 and 1963 also saw similarly high turnouts, at about 79 per cent.
In 2011, Manitoba had a voter turnout of 55.7 per cent, lower than the national average. The people of Winnipeg South Centre, represented by Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, appeared to be the most engaged, with a turnout of 69 per cent. Meanwhile, the sprawling riding of Churchill, represented by NDP MP Niki Ashton, had the lowest turnout at only 43.8 per cent.
In Winnipeg, inner-city ridings saw lower turnouts. Winnipeg Centre saw a turnout of 48.2 per cent and Winnipeg North saw a turnout of 49.3, compared to a city-wide average of 60.3 per cent.