VOTER turnout this year was Winnipeg's highest since 2004, when Sam Katz won a wide-open byelection race for mayor.
On Wednesday, 235,454 of Winnipeg's 468,713 eligible voters voted in the 2014 general election, Senior Election Official Marc Lemoine said. That translates into a voter turnout of 50.2 per cent.
"We always want 100 per cent, but that's not realistic. We had over 50 per cent and long lines to vote at some locations, so I'm happy," Lemoine said.
This year's turnout edges the 47.1-per-cent turnout in 2010, when the incumbent Katz went head-to-head with Judy Wasylycia-Leis. It is not as high as the 58.8-per-cent mark achieved in 2004.
A byelection race was held in 2004 to replace Glen Murray, who resigned to make an unsuccessful bid for federal office. This year's race was wide open because Katz opted not to seek a fourth term.
2014: 50.3 per cent
2010: 47.1 per cent
2006: 38.2 per cent
2004 (byelection): 58.8 per cent
2002: 48.7 per cent
1998: 53.6 per cent
— Bartley Kives