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Montreal’s 2017 municipal election by the numbers

Denis Coderre speaks to reporters, flanked by members of his party, during a press conference outside Montreal City Hall on Saturday Nov. 4, 2017, on the last day of campaigning for the Montreal mayoral race.
Denis Coderre speaks to reporters, flanked by members of his party, during a press conference outside Montreal City Hall on Saturday Nov. 4, 2017, on the last day of campaigning for the Montreal mayoral race. Global News

Voters in Montreal visited the polls on Sunday, choosing a new mayor and municipal government.

With more than 100 positions to fill and more than a million ballots to count, the election is a massive endeavour. Here’s a look at the municipal election by the numbers.

READ MORE: Global Montreal’s full municipal election coverage

How many people can vote?

There are 1,142,948 people registered to vote in the election — up from 1,101,999 in 2013.

Only 91,218 people voted in advance polls, or about eight per cent of the electorate.

READ MORE: Your guide to voting in Montreal’s 2017 municipal election

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Who are they voting for?

There are 58 districts in 19 boroughs – which means quite a few candidates on the ballot.

People are choosing:

  • 1 mayor
  • 18 borough mayors
  • 46 city councillors
  • 38 borough councillors

READ MORE: Montreal elections 2017: Live results across Greater Montreal

How many candidates are there?

Of course, far more people run than get elected. There are 294 people running for those 103 positions.

  • 8 candidates for Montreal mayor
  • 46 candidates for borough mayors
  • 127 candidates for city councillor
  • 113 candidates for borough councillor

There are also more men than women running.

  • 127 female candidates vs. 167 male candidates

While 294 people is definitely a lot, fewer people chose to run for office this election than the last one. In 2013, there were a total of 485 candidates. Election Montreal attributes this drop to there being fewer political parties putting candidates forward this election.