Advance voting turnout already higher than past two elections combined

Oct 11 2017, 5:31 pm

Calgary has been flexing its democratic muscles all week, as voter turnout in this year’s municipal election has already doubled each of the past two mayoral races – and is higher than both combined.

Advance voting began on October 4, and, with the addition of a vote bus and a drive-up voting station to encourage voter turnout this year, has reached 58,663 ballots counted in the six days of voting, according to a release from the City of Calgary.

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With one day of advance voting left before the official election on October 16, this year’s numbers could come close to tripling those of 2013 and 2010’s, which saw a final advance voting turnout of 22,410 and 23,721, respectively.

As we get closer to the deadline, an uptick in turnout has been seen at voting stations; 14,395 Calgarians cast a ballot on October 10 alone.

The drive-up voting station added an additional 3,006 votes to this year’s tally, along with roughly 1,300 coming from the advance vote bus.

Calgarians can cast a ballot at any advance voting location – provided they arrive with proper identification – but once Election Day gets underway on October 16 they will have to cast a ballot at their designated neighbourhood station.

The last chance to cast a ballot in the advance voting ends on Wednesday at 7 pm.