Advance voter turnout is setting records in Winnipeg’s municipal election, thanks in part to an easier voting process.
Numbers released Friday by the City of Winnipeg report an estimated 39,500 people have taken part in advance polls to elect mayor, council and school board trustees.
Marc Lemoine, Winnipeg’s senior election official, says several new measures were put into place this year to make advance voting easier and more convenient.
“From polling stations at malls across the city to new technology such as poll pads and additional automatic voting machines, our goal was to simplify the process, reduce wait times, and improve service for people casting a ballot,” Lemoine said.
The advance turnout is a 30 percent increase from 30,619 electors in the 2014 civic election.
Election day is Wednesday, October 24 and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to check their Voters Notice to find their designated voting location, or by visiting Winnipeg.ca/wheredoivote and plugging in their address.