Nova Scotia's Chief Electoral Officer Makes 29 Recommendations To Improve Electoral Process

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:35 AM

Elections Nova Scotia is still trying to engage younger voters to participate in the electoral process.

The province's chief electoral officer released Volume 2 of a report into the May 30, 2017 provincial general election yesterday.

He reports that overall voter turnout in that election was down to 53.4% from 58.2% in 2013.

Andy LeBlanc, director of policy and communications for Elections Nova Scotia says they've seen a general low voter turnout pattern since 1960.

He says low turnout among voters, 18 to 24 years of age, is an issue throughout North America.

"It is always an area for us to ask 'is there a better way to make the ability to vote accessible to someone n those age groups ?" Unlike in 2017, in 2013 we had campus polls, just a matter of making it convenient for the younger population>

To address the overall low voter turnout LeBlanc says the chief electoral officer recommends dropping the voter requirement to report gender and allowing members of the military serving out of the province to e-vote.

Click on the link to see the full reports from Elections Nova Scotia: