Advance polls see better turnout

About 600 votes were cast at the advance polls held here and in Rainy River this past Friday, Saturday, and Monday, the local Elections Canada office said.
That’s higher than the advance polls for the last federal election in November, 2000, which saw 431 votes cast during the advance polls, additional assistant returning officer Lyle Hudson noted yesterday.
About 500 of the votes came in at the two advance polls set up at the Memorial Sports Centre here while another 100 were cast at the advance poll in Rainy River over the three days.
“I thought it was going to be higher than that,” admitted Hudson, though adding that on the other hand, he was pleasantly surprised to see the total was greater than in 2000.
“It’s the summer time. I was hoping there’d be more people out,” he remarked. “But I guess the weather hasn’t been especially co-operative.”
Thomas McCuaig, the head returning officer in Thunder Bay, noted that out of the 11 advance polls in the riding (including the three in Fort Frances and Rainy River), 3,771 votes were cast over the three-day period.
While it’s difficult to compare the numbers to those of the last election, given the change in the riding’s boundaries, he said it was “substantially” more than expected.
Hudson, who is in charge of all the polls between Mine Centre and Rainy River in the new riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River, noted there will be 43 polling stations set up between Mine Centre and Rainy River on election day on Monday (June 28).
Across the entire riding, there will be a total of 183 polling stations, said McCuaig, adding the new Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding has roughly 63,000 eligible voters.
The Elections Canada office, which first opened its doors at 517 Mowat Ave. on May 23, will be open today through Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.
It also will be open on election day from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hudson noted that on election night, the 43 polling stations will be counting their ballots and phoning in the results to the head office for the riding in Thunder Bay.
They will not be brought to the Mowat Avenue office and tabulated there.