Voter turnout still high

Duane Hicks

Voting in the Fort Frances municipal and school board elections continues to go briskly here.
As of the end of voting yesterday, a total of 998 out of 5,179 eligible electors had voted by telephone or internet, which equals an 19.2 percent turnout so far, returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times.
Slomke said the turnout has been excellent, and that she’s hoping to see up to a 60 percent turnout by the time voting closes at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.
That would be a higher turnout than in recent elections.
A total of 3,021 ballots were cast for mayor and council in 2014. With a total of 5,486 eligible voters in Fort Frances at that time, voter turnout was pegged at 55 percent.
There was no election in 2010 as the candidates for mayor and council all were acclaimed.
A total of 3,515 ballots were cast in the 2006 municipal election here which, given the total of 6,303 eligible voters, translated into a 55.77 percent turnout.
Meanwhile, Slomke advised electors voting by internet to use the right web browser.
As indicated in the voter information letters sent out, there are three web browsers that work with the voting website: Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.
If you do not use any of these three, you will get an error message.
Slomke also warned people that they should not be publicly posting the website address to the voting site or posting the telephone number used to vote.
“It shouldn’t be out there publicly,” she stressed. “It’s only electors that should have that information.
“That’s why there’s not a link from the town’s website–we can’t do that,” she explained.
“Only eligible electors should get that information.”
Voters who would like assistance can drop by the Voter Help Centre set up at the Civic Centre, which is open during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) through this Friday and again on Monday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Additionally, a travelling voter help centre will be set up tomorrow from 1-3 p.m. at Columbus Place on Nelson Street.