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Brock expert looking at voter decline
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"Generational replacement", a general lack of interest and negativity - all reasons a Brock political science expert is pointing to as voter turnout continues to decline.

Dr. Livianna Tossutti  says it's a complex mix of factors when it comes to explaining why we're seeing a continual decrease in the number of people voting in elections.

In the February Niagara Falls byelection, fewer than four of 10 eligible voters showed up at the polls.

Tossutti says that's on par with what we are seeing across the province.

She says if people know more about politics and follow it, they're more likely to vote;  but if they're uninterested in the first place they are unlikely to turn out.

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Meanwhile, now that the campaign has begun for the June 12th election Elections Ontario is outlining their rules of how to vote and when.

But don't think you'll be logging onto your computer to cast your ballot any time soon.

Because the province hasn't adopted online voting yet, you'll be using a pencil and stuffing a ballot box if you want to vote this time around.

Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa says they still have to do research because of security issues.

Essensa couldn't say when online voting will be possible, but underlines that he recommended to move in that direction in a report he released last year.

While he can't give a timeline on that, he has released important dates: advance polls will be between May 31st and June 6th and special ballot voting is on May 13th.

He says you can also request a mail-in ballot if you are unable to get to a polling station.

Essensa also reveals there will be a political advertising blackout until May 20th. That only applies to conventional advertising - not online.

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