Advance poll voting turnout up about five per cent from 2014 municipal election

Nearly 500 people cast their ballots for mayor, councillors and school trustees during advance voting at City Hall.

Senior election official Dave Turpie said that 215 people cast ballots Oct. 17, with 124 doing so Oct. 13 and 121 Oct. 8.

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“It was a good turnout,” Turpie said, about a five per cent increase over the number of people who voted in advance polls in 2014.

Overall, 3,063 people voted in the 2014 municipal election, about 31 per cent of nearly 10,000 eligible voters.

Oct. 24 is election day and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Burntwood, Deerwood, École Riverside, Juniper, Wapanohk and Westwood schools. Voters may be required to show one piece of government-issued photo identification like a passport or driver’s licence or two other documents that provide proof of identity. 

Mobile voting stations will be set up election day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rotary Place, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Thompson General Hospital and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Northern Spirit Manor.

Voters who will not be able to vote Oct. 24 also have until Oct. 19 to contact Turpie by phone at 204-679-1000 or email at seo@thompson.ca to receive a sealed envelope ballot package.

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