Low voter turnout could endanger political system

A political scientist is saying the political system could become less legitimate, as voter turnout drops.

Norman Ruff says Peace River North was the lowest voter turnout in the province, with only a 37 per cent turnout based on registered voters. Peace River South scored second with only 42 per cent and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant tied at second with 42 per cent turnout.

Ruff says when you start to get below 50 per cent turnout you have to worry about the legitimacy of the political system.

Figures from Elections B.C. show the total number of valid votes dropped from the 2005 election, and only 52 per cent of registered voters cast a ballot. Calculated based on the number of people who were eligible to vote, the turnout number drops to 48 per cent.