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    Low Voter Turnout: A Problem of Apathy or Accessibility? By Nicole Wambolt

    On the heels of the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election, there have been many discussions surrounding compulsory voting legislation and fixed election dates. Why? It is estimated that voter turnout for the past election reached a historic all-time low with fewer than 54% of eligible Nova Scotians showing up to the polls. Nova Scotia tends to have a low voter turnout at provincial elections with the average turnout being around 60% in the more recent years. Despite efforts to increase voter turnout such as extending the time period for advanced polls and ensuring all polling stations were accessible by wheelchair, the 2017 election continued on the trend of declining voter turnout in Nova Scotia.