Advance polling stations result in record turnout of voters

Over 160,000 people cast their ballots in advanced election polls, doubling the 2010 turnout

A record-breaking turnout of voters filed into advance polling stations this year to cast their ballots in this year’s municipal election.

According to a City of Toronto press release, 161,147 eligible voters turned up to cast their ballot during the advance voting period from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19. This amount more than doubles the advance voter turnout from the last municipal election in 2010. Advance polling stations operated from 44 locations throughout the city.

Ward 22, Saint Paul’s, saw the highest voter turnout at 6,037 ballots cast. The lowest turnout came from Ward 7, York West and Ward 9, York Centre, with 1,443 and 1,452. The highest turnout of voters occurred on Oct. 19 with 36,349 people casting their ballot.

The 2010 municipal election advance voting turnout was only 77,391.

Election Day is Monday, Oct. 27. Voting takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1,679 locations across the city.