High Voter Turnout Online

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Advance polls in Chatham-Kent saw big increases compared to the last election thanks to Internet voting.

A total of 9,388 voters turned out at advance poll stations or voted online between October 14-20, up from 3,007 in 2010. Over 7,000 of those votes were registered on the Internet. “We’re definitely anticipating [turnout] to be up for election day on Monday,” says Elections Coordinator Megan Robinson. “But again, we’re not going to be able to know until results are in.”

This is the first time Internet voting has been available for the municipal election. Robinson says the positive turnout could lead to expansion down the line. “Maybe offer it longer, or even have it offering on election day.”

The turnout at advance polls represents a 12% voter turnout to date. The next opportunity to vote will be on election day, October 27.