Advance Polling Turnout Is Consistent

Vote sign outside of the Returning Office on Richmond St. in Chatham. May 27, 2014 (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

The number of eligible voters who cast a ballot at the advance voting polls is down across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent compared to the 2011 election, but a spokeswoman for Elections Ontario says there’s no fair comparison between the numbers.

Elizabeth Armstrong says there were only seven advance polling days for Thursday’s provincial election, while there were eleven for the election in 2011. She says the day-to-day numbers are consistent.

Numbers from Elections Ontario show 23,996 people voted in the five ridings that make up Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. In 2011, 29,088 voted early.

Armstrong also says it’s almost impossible to predict what turnout will be like Thursday using advance polls as any indication. “None of us have a crystal ball here,” she says. “We’re just hoping that most people are interested and engaged and that they’re going to go out and exercise their democratic right.”

The riding of Essex showed the strongest turnout with 6,724, while the fewest people, 3,857 cast their vote in Windsor-Tecumseh. In Windsor-West, 4,015 voted, 4,247 in Chatham-Kent-Essex and 5,153 in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

Armstrong says those who still wish to vote before Thursday can by visiting their returning office and asking for a special ballot.