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Voter turnout down at Toronto advance polls, city says

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WATCH ABOVE: Many Toronto residents cast ballots on Thanksgiving Monday ahead of the municipal election slated for Oct. 24. Morganne Campbell checks in with local residents to find out more about the issues important to them – Oct 10, 2022

Turnout is down at advance polls in Toronto’s municipal election, officials say.

On Friday, Toronto’s advance polls period ended after eight days of early voting. Between Oct. 7 and 14, the city provided 50 locations where residents could vote.

Over the course of voting, just 115,911 people cast early votes — a 6.75 per cent decrease compared with 2018, the City of Toronto said.

It was also down 28 per cent from 2014.

A record 60 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 election that saw John Tory defeat now-Premier Doug Ford after Ford stepped in mid-campaign for his brother, Rob Ford.

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The lower turnout came despite an additional three advance polling days compared with 2018 and voting options over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Elections for Toronto’s mayor, council and school boards will be held between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, with 1,460 polling locations across the city.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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