Voting still going strong

Duane Hicks

Voting in the Fort Frances municipal and school board elections continues to be strong.
As of yesterday, a total of 1,317 out of the 5,179 eligible electors had voted by telephone or internet, which equals a 25 percent turnout so far, returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times.
Slomke said the turnout after three fulls days has been “above and beyond” what she had hoped for.
She aims to see up to a 60 percent turnout by the time voting closes at 8 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22).
Internet and telephone voting continues from now until then.
“We’re still getting people calling, asking questions,” Slomke said. “Lots of people coming down and asking for assistance.
“We’re providing whatever people need.
“There’s been lots and lots of positive feedback from people; they absolutely love the system,” she added.
When asked how many people have voted by internet and how many by phone, Slomke replied she did not have that information on hand but it will be available once the election is over.
“I expect it’s going to be 4-1 people using the internet versus telephone,” she estimated.
The Voter Help Centre set up at the Civic Centre is open during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) today and tomorrow, and again on Monday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Eligible voters can go there for help voting by internet or phone, as well as to get added to the voting list or replace their voter information letter if they’ve misplaced it.
A travelling voter help centre also was set up this afternoon at Columbus Place on Nelson Street.