Voter turnout dips slightly in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

Roughly two-thirds of voters in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock cast a ballot in the federal election.

At 65.68 percent, the local result practically mirrors the national tally of 65.95 percent.

Both of those figures represent a slight decrease from 2015 when voter turnout was roughly 68 percent in the riding and across the country.

In all, nearly 18 million Canadians took part in the election this time around.

While the Conservatives won the popular vote (at 34.4 percent), the Liberals (33.1) were able to capture 157 seats to form a minority government.

Locally, Conservative Jamie Schmale was elected to serve a second term after nearly half (49.2) of ballots were cast in his favour.

He comfortably cruised to victory over Liberal Judi Forbes – a first-time candidate – by more than 15,000 votes (31,986 total).

“It is truly an honour to receive almost 50 percent of the vote in our riding,” Schmale wrote in a social media post.

“It is my pledge, and that of my team, to continue to work hard everyday to ensure that the needs of this area are being met and every voice is being heard.”

Forbes finished with 16,839 votes (25.9 percent), followed by NDP candidate Barbara Doyle at 9,532 (14.7 percent), Elizabeth Fraser of the Green Party at 5,413 (8.3) and Gene Balfour of the People’s Party of Canada at 1,245 (1.9 percent).

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