Only one-third have voted so far

Duane Hicks

Those who haven’t voted yet in the two local school board elections are reminded they must fill out and return their voting packages to the Civic Centre by 8 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 25).
“They should not be mailing them back at this stage, but should be bringing them in person to the council chambers at the Civic Centre or dropping them in the mail slot at the main doors at the Civic Centre anytime until 8 p.m. on Oct. 25,” stressed returning officer Glenn Treftlin.
Even though they are not mailing them in, voters still must fill out the mail-in package as if they were sending it in the post, carefully following the instructions regarding the voter declaration, white secrecy envelope, and so on.
Treftlin added if any voters haven’t yet received their kit, they should contact assistant returning officer Lori Pattison or him at 274-5325 ext. 290 or 236, respectively.
As of the end of the business day yesterday, Treftlin said there’s been a 33 percent voter turnout.
Since the number of eligible voters is 5,519, this translates to more than 1,800 ballots returned.
Like in recent elections, the town will be using an electronic voting tabulator, meaning the voting results should be known shortly after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Monday.
Incumbents Dan Belluz and Terry Higgins, along with newcomer Dave Kircher, are running for the two Fort Frances seats on the Rainy River District School Board.
Meanwhile, incumbents Paul Cousineau, Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, and Harold Huntley are vying for the two town seats on the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
(The Catholic board reduced the number of Fort Frances seats earlier this year, explaining why three incumbents are running for two spots).