Lower voter turnout expected

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

THIS IS THE LAST FULL DAY OF CAMPAIGNING IN THE ONTARIO ELECTION.

THIS IS THE LAST FULL DAY OF CAMPAIGNING IN THE ONTARIO ELECTION.
AND THE LATEST POLL SHOWS THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES ARE IN A VIRTUAL DEAD HEAT.
BUT IN SPITE ALL THE CAMPAIGN ATTACKS ABOUT LIBERAL SPENDING SCANDALS OR THE P-C’S PLAN TO SLASH GOVERNMENT JOBS — MANY VOTERS SEEM TO BE TUNING OUT.
THERE ARE PREDICTIONS THAT VOTER TURNOUT IN THIS ELECTION COULD HIT A RECORD LOW.
WHY IS THAT ?
NEWSWATCH’S PAUL SOUCY WENT LOOKING FOR ANSWERS.

ONTARIO VOTERS ARE HEADING TO THE POLLS- AND WHILE SOME HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PART IN ADVANCED POLLS… EXPERTS ARE PREDICTING OVERALL A LOW VOTER TURNOUT ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

Brandon Tozzo:
“In the 2011 election it was around 48 percent, I actually think we’re going to see it dip a little to about 46 percent or so.”

BUT WHY IS THAT?…

THIS PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE FROM QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY SAYS – THESE THREE AREN’T THAT LIKEABLE – IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THE SLEW OF ATTACK ADS VOTERS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

Jonathon Rose:
“I mean, when you trash each other publicly for such an extended period of time – it’s not only the other guy that’s tarnished – it’s the whole enterprise of the political system.”
WHILE THE EXPERTS ARE PREDICTING FEWER VOTERS ON THURSDAY – THE PEOPLE WE SPOKE TO AREN’T PART OF THAT GROUP.
“Do you plan on voting tomorrow?”
“Yes I do.”
“Absolutely yes.”
“Yes.”
“I do.”
“Yes I am.”
POLLS HAVE THE LIBERALS AND THE CONSERVATIVES IN A TIGHT RACE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN ANOTHER MINORITY GOVERNMENT.
TOZZO STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING BECAUSE A MINORITY GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE VOTERS HEADING BACK TO THE POLLS BEFORE TOO LONG.
Brandon Tozzo:
“One thing to keep in mind is that if a lot of average people don’t turn out, the bases of the party will. So we might leave it to the really heavily interested people to decide the fate of the province.”
THE WEATHER COULD ALSO PLAY INTO THE VOTING NUMBERS ON THURSDAY.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO WAS HIT WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF RAIN WEDNESDAY AND MUCH OF THE SAME IS EXPECTED ON ELECTION DAY.
BUT TO TOP IT ALL OFF – THE COMBINATION OF POOR WEATHER AND THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD CUP MIGHT BE THE PERFECT STORM TO KEEP VOTERS AWAY FROM THE POLLS.
PAUL SOUCY CKWS NEWSWATCH KINGSTON.

 

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