Canadians were busy over Thanksgiving weekend.
According to Elections Canada’s preliminary estimates, 3.6 million electors cast ballots during the four days of advance voting from Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct.12. That’s about 14 per cent of registered voters. There was one extra day of advance voting this election, and it seems Canadians took advantage.
And some ridings’ voters were keener than others: In 19 ridings, more than 20 per cent of eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots early.
The most eager voters in the country were in Beausejour, in New Brunswick, currently held by Liberal Dominic LeBlanc. Almost 25 per cent of the riding’s eligible voters cast their ballots at an advance poll.
Voters in the newly created riding of Carleton – where Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre is running – was close behind, with 24 per cent of ballots cast at an advance poll.
Global News calculated these numbers using Elections Canada turnout estimates released Wednesday, and comparing them to the number of Canadian citizens over 18 in each riding, according to the 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada.
This isn’t a perfect estimate, as the population would have changed somewhat since 2011. But Elections Canada did not make its more current registered voter data easily accessible.
The map below shows the percentage of eligible voters who voted at advance polls in the 2015 General Election in each riding.