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Advance polling numbers for Calgary’s municipal election are way up

The City of Calgary demonstrated how the new drive-thru advance voting station will work for the 2017 election. John Himpe / News Talk 770

Advance polling continues ahead of the 2017 municipal election in Calgary on Oct. 16 and so far voter turnout is much higher than the last election.

The new drive-thru voting system that the city is testing out this year could be one reason more people are voting.

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In the first two days of advanced polls nearly 20,000 people voted.

Nearly 9,500 voters turned out on Thursday alone, which is about three times the number of people on the same day of voting in 2013.

Today, the drive-up voting option will continue at McMahon Stadium from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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There will be a vote bus at the Marlborough CTrain station during the morning rush, and then again at the Chinook CTrain station during the afternoon rush.

A complete list of advance dates, times, and locations is available at electionscalgary.ca.

In an effort to make voting more accessible to Calgarians, Elections Calgary has increased the number of advance vote locations across the city.

Advance vote dates will run from Oct 4—8 and on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.

Elections Calgary reminds voters to bring a piece of authorized ID when voting.