A Look Back at the 2014 Election Results

Final Standings of Mayoral Candidates


The Risk of Mayoral Vote Splitting

A “Protest Vote” is a Vote for No Change

These are the results of Chatham-Kent’s 2014 Mayoral Election. A few comments on these numbers…

  • Only 42% of eligible voters actually cast a ballot

  • 58% of eligible voters chose not to vote

  • Mayor Hope won his 3rd term in office with 28% of votes cast; less than 12% of eligible voters voted for him

  • 9,242 voters wanted Mayor Hope to win; 23,133 voters didn’t

  • The combined votes cast for any 2 of the next 3 finishers would have won the election

  • Had the bottom 3 finishers dropped-out and all supported Crew, Brent, or McLarty — they would have won easily


Ultimately the 2014 Mayoral Election was decided by…

  • The 45,072 people who chose not to vote

  • Splitting the 32,783 votes that were cast 7 ways

  • The bottom 4 candidates, who could have dropped-out and thrown their support behind a leading candidate — but chose to stay in and split the vote

  • “Protest Votes” always favour the incumbent and ultimately vote for “No change”


In the 2014 Mayoral Election so many candidates promised change — that we ended-up with no change at all. A vote for McLarty, Bultje, Lachapelle, or Willatt was essentially a vote for Randy Hope.


Will history repeat itself in 2018? This year, please vote — and make your vote count!