… Alongside our standard votes for mayor, councillor and school board trustee, Calgarians who visit the polls on Oct. 18 will also cast a vote on equalization, daylight saving time and community water fluoridation, as well as choose up to three nominees for the Senate of Canada.

… And while “yes” supporters are more motivated to turn out in the equalization referendum than the “no” side, the difference is small and has no apparent effect on motivation to vote in the mayoral election.

If you’re curious, the same is true of the water fluoridation plebiscite question: those on the “yes” side are a little more motivated to vote than those on the “no” side but with no apparent effect on mayoral turnout intention. (We didn’t collect data on the other Oct. 18 ballot questions: daylight saving time and the Senate.)

*Original article online at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/analysis-equalization-municipal-elections-1.6195543

About the author

Jack Lucas is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Calgary. His research is in Canadian politics, with a particular focus on municipal democracy and municipal elections. He has been part of the CMES research team since 2017.