By the numbers: Toronto’s 2014 municipal election
Now that the numbers have all been crunch and certified by officials at the city of Toronto, they offer some interesting insights into how we voted and who got our vote.
Highs and Lows
The winning councillor who boasts the highest vote count in the city is Josh Matlow in ward 22, (24,347). Matlow also scored the highest winning percentage at 86.2 per cent of the votes cast in the ward.
At the other end of the spectrum, the winning councillor with the lowest vote count in the city is Christin Carmichael Greb in ward 16. She was first overall with a mere 3,949 votes which represents 17.4 per cent of all the ballots cast for councillor in that ward.
It’s worth noting there were 16 candidates chasing 22,723 votes in ward 16. That’s about 1,420 votes per candidate, so it was clearly a wildly contested race. Carmichael Greb’s margin was a mere 269 votes.
Ward by Ward Mayoral Votes
The highest number of mayoral ballots was in ward 27 (35,247).
The lowest number of mayoral ballots was in ward 8 (12,685).
Above and Below Average Votes
It would appear that Doug Ford did better in wards where fewer ballots were cast.
There were approximately 22,297 mayoral ballots cast on average per ward in Toronto.
There were a below average number of mayoral ballots cast in 23 wards.
There were an above average number of mayoral ballots cast in 21 wards.
Doug Ford won the vote in 20 wards. There were fewer than 22,297 mayoral ballots cast in 17 of those wards, (i.e., below average).
John Tory won the vote in 21 wards. There were fewer than 22,297 mayoral ballots cast in 5 of those wards, (i.e., below average).
Olivia Chow won the vote in 3 wards. There were fewer than 22,297 mayoral ballots cast in 1 of those wards, (i.e., below average).
And just when you think you’ve got this election stuff figured out, there are some weird results in some of the wards.
John Tory easily won in seven wards that also elected councillors who are most likely to represent or identify with Olivia Chow’s platform and politics. (If they’d voted along party lines, we might be getting ready to swear in Doug Ford as Toronto’s 65th mayor.)
And Doug Ford won in two wards that returned two of his most vocal critics, (Shelley Carroll in ward 33 and Glenn De Baeremaeker in ward 38).
Olivia Chow finished a distant third in De Baeremaeker’s ward.
Ford also won in ward 43. But so did Councillor Paul Ainslie who was roundly and publicly lambasted by the Fords for not supporting their plan for subways in Scarborough.