One in three Quebecers didn't vote this year

Voter turnout for the 2018 provincial election dropped, marking one of the worst participation rates in nearly 100 years.

According to the preliminary results from Elections Quebec, voter turnout was 66.45 per cent this year, down from 71.43% in 2014, marking the second straight drop.

With such a low rate it means more than 2 million registered voters in Quebec did not exercise their right to vote.

While the participation rate this year was low, it was not as bad as 2008, when just 57 per cent of registered voters turned out (there had been an election just one year earlier, where turnout was 71 per cent). However turnout for Quebec General Election has almost always been above 70 per cent. Prior to 2008, the last time voter turnout dropped below 70 per cent was 1927 (56 per cent).

Some ridings had better turnout than others, with Louis-Hebert (80.52%) and Montarville (80.37%) seeing the highest rates of participation.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Ungava riding in Northern Quebec had the lowest at 30.9 per cent, followed by D'Arcy-McGee (46.51%) and Westmount-Saint-Louis (48.47%).

Registered electors: 6,169,772
Total voter turnout: 4,099,476 

Previous election turnouts

  • 2014 - 71.43%
  • 2012 - 74.6%
  • 2008 - 57.43%
  • 2007 - 71.23%
  • 2003 - 70.42%
  • 1998 - 78.32%