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Electronic voting totals strong in early going

About four per cent of eligible voters have cast their ballots either online or by phone, more than double the number who have taken part in person at the advanced polls.
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2015 9 29 election ballot

THUNDER BAY – Early returns show Internet and telephone voting is proving to be a hit with the Thunder Bay electorate.

In the first 48 hours the new-to-the-city system was in place, 3,250 people took advantage of the opportunity to vote remotely, a total representing 4.1 per cent of the 79,060 eligible voters. An additional 1,598 voted at advance polls at West Thunder Community Centre, 47 fewer than in 2014.

Voters in Northwood were the most enthusiastic about electronic voting options.

A total of 464 ballots were cast, which represents 5.5 per cent of the eligible elector base of 9,815. An additional 410 voted in person.

Voters in McKellar, where a new councillor is guaranteed to be elected with the retirement of two-term Coun. Paul Pugh, were the least active online and telephone voters, with just 290 voters had cast a ballot, or 2.6 per cent of the 12,710 eligible to vote. Three-hundred-and-one voters physically went to the polls to vote, with 597 voting in person in Westfort and just 13 doing the same in Current River. 

City clerk John Hannam said he expects between 50 per cent of 60 per cent of the final ballot count to be submitted electronically.

Participation by ward*
Wards Eligible Electors Web Votes Phone Votes Total Electronic Votes  Manual  E-vote participation rate
Current River 10,158 339 27 366 13 3.6%
Red River 14,238 535 60 595 28 4.2%
McKellar 12,710 290 44 334 301 2.6%
McIntyre 12,760 564 36 600 31 4.7%
Northwood 9,815 464 71 535 410 5.5%
Westfort 12,267 389 53 442 597 3.6%
Neebing 7,112 344 34 378 218 5.3%

*As of 9:37 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018




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