While Rob Ford won the Mayoral election with 47.12 percent of the vote, only 15 percent of the city's population voted for him. Some of those who did not vote choose not to, but others were not eligible to vote or chose not have sufficient I.D.
"Toronto is ... home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people" read a press release sent out on election day. However, only 813,984 people voted in the election, that's 32.46 percent of the population. Of those 383,501 people voted for Ford.
Some Torontonians are not allowed to vote because they are not Canadian citizens or because they are under 18 years of age. There is no way to determine what percentage of eligible voters turned out at the polls.
Breakdown of Election Data:
Population in 2006 Census: 2,503,281
Registered voters before election day: 1,526,518
Votes cast: 813,984
Votes for Rob Ford: 383,501
Percent for each candidate:
Rob Ford: 47.12%
George Smitherman: 35.59%
Joe Pantalone: 11.74%
this is not what democracy looks like: 15% of torontonians voted for ford
From Toronto Media Coop.