THE closest election contest in Manitoba in more than a decade was not enough to propel more voters to the polls.
Elections Manitoba posted official results of the Oct. 4 provincial election Thursday, and they show voter turnout actually declined almost a full percentage point from the 2007 election, to 55.77 per cent.
Turnout reported on election day was skewed because initial results included the votes of people who were sworn onto the voters list at the polls. Those voters were not initially included in the number of registered voters. Ultimately, that meant turnout went down.
Mary Skanderbeg, manager of elections operations for Elections Manitoba, said the numbers are disappointing.
THERE are more than 100,000 First Nations people in Manitoba.
About half are over 18 and eligible to vote next week.
And at least one tribal council is doing what it can to ensure most of them do.
The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council issued a special edition of its quarterly newsletter this week. Emailed copies were sent Monday and paper versions will be printed and on their way to the nine DOTC reserves. The hope, said DOTC chief executive officer Robert Daniels, is to give the 10,000 voters in the nine DOTC reserves the information and tools they need to participate in the provincial election.
OTTAWA -- Young people are interested in politics and elections, they just aren't given enough tools and knowledge to get involved, Canada's chief electoral officer said Wednesday.
Marc Mayrand is meeting with various youth groups this week as part of Election Canada's first Democracy Week. It coincides today with the United Nations' International Democracy Day.
"We're talking and celebrating democracy outside of all things political," said Mayrand.
One of Elections Canada's mandates is to improve voter engagement and voter turnout. A little more than 61 per cent of voters cast a ballot in the May 2 federal election, slightly higher than the historic low of 58 per cent in 2008.
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Tens of thousands of Manitoba students will be voting in the Oct. 4 election, though their votes won't count, at least not this time around.
Student Vote will be contesting a Manitoba provincial election for the first time, after conducting votes among students in 11 federal and provincial elections since 2003.
The non-profit organization provides materials for teachers to do election lessons in the classroom, examine the democratic process, local candidates, and the issues.
ON election day, Everett Hopfner won't let the fact that he's in Frankfurt, Germany stop him from voting in the provincial election.
The 22-year-old music student from Sainte Rose is studying abroad but still plans to cast his vote by absentee ballot -- a move that provincial election-organizers hope other Manitobans who are out of province for the election will consider.
Manitoba residents away from the province on election day, Oct. 4, and during advance voting period from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, could be eligible to make an application for absentee voting, Elections Manitoba said Thursday.
An absentee voter must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age and have resided in Manitoba for at least six months before election day and intend to be away for no more than six months.
OTTAWA -- Despite attempts to get more young people involved in the last federal election, the fastest-growing vote came from behind bars.
More than 17,000 incarcerated inmates cast ballots for the May 2 election, a 27 per increase from the 2008 election.
The figure marks the largest number of votes recorded by prisoners since the Supreme Court upheld the right of federal inmates to vote in 2002.
The figures were published in chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand's report on the 41st election, released last week.