Municipal Elections 2021
Participation rates down across the region
Article published on 16 November 2021
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The rate of participation was down in the majority of jurisdictions throughout the Pontiac region.

Only about a third of electors voted for the new warden of MRC des Collines, where the Municipality of Pontiac is situated, with just 38.5% casting a ballot. This is the first time that the position has been decided by universal suffrage.

In a statement published on their website, the Municipality of Pontiac noted that the participation rate was down in this election, with 42.6% of electors exercising their right to vote. This is a roughly 3% decline from the 2017 elections.

The turnout was down in most other jurisdictions in the region (where the data is available), however there were a few outliers. Rapides-des-Joachims, with four candidates for mayor in a municipality of only about 200 voters had the highest rate of participation at 78.7%, up from 72.1% in 2017. L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet also saw a substantial increase in participation (50.4% to 69.5%).

Shawville, with 6 of the seven council seats contested, saw a small increase in participation from the previous election (55.5% to 56.2%), as did Alleyn-et-Cawood (57.1% to 58.4%).

The biggest declines in participation were in Mansfield-et-Pontefract and L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, with decreases of 19.1% and 13% resepectively. Fort-Coulonge and Clarendon also saw double digit declines in participation.

Note that the participation rate is only calculated in municipalities that have elections for mayor, but here is a breakdown of participation in the jurisdictions with data available:

Participation rates in Pontiac elections
Jurisdiction Number of electors Number of valid ballots Rejected votes Participation rate Rate in 2017 % difference
Alleyn et Cawood 310 178 3 58.40% 57.2% +1.3%
Bryson 512 284 10 57.4% N/A N/A
Clarendon 1,112 446 4 40.50% 52.30% -11.8%
Fort Coulonge 1,091 612 13 57.30% 69.30% -12%
L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet 596 414 0 69.50% 50.4% +19.1%
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes 1,382 692 2 50.20% 63.20% -13%
Mansfield-et-Pontefract 1,977 875 10 44.80% 64.60% -19.6%
MRC Pontiac 12,937 6,265 170 48.40% 60% -11.6%
Municipality of Pontiac 4,699 1,980 19 42.50% 45.60% -3.1%
Portage-du-Fort 217 165 0 76% 77.70% -1.7%
Rapides-des-Joachims 122 96 0 78.70% 72.10% +6.6%
Shawville 1,323 736 7 56.20% 55.50% +0.7%
Thorne 633 308 10 50.20% 60.10% -9.9%
MRC des Collines 41,326 15,298 619 38.50% N/A N/A

A full breakdown of election results is available here.

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