Results from Bancroft’s recent municipal election were driven mostly by older voters.
That’s clear from a report going to town council next week.
An election debrief shows voting turnout numbers by age bracket and the 60s age group had the highest turnout with about 400 out of nearly 900 eligible voters casting ballots. Another 300-some votes came from people in their 70s; a number that represents about half of eligible voters in that bracket.
The lower age brackets have far lower turnout. Less than half of eligible voters in their 40s bothered to vote. And only about one quarter of people in their 30s and 20s voted.
The report shows that Internet voting is the preferred option in town. Twelve hundred people cast votes online, while just under 300 voted over the phone.
Bancroft’s overall voter turnout was just under 40 per cent, a rate that’s slightly higher than the provincial average.