City sets record for advance voter turnout

After the first day of advance voting, 713 ballots have been cast in the Cranbrook municipal election.

Roughly 713 registered and first time voters cast their ballots at the first advance poll in the 2014 Municipal Election in Cranbrook on Wednesday.

The previous record was 286 voters casting ballots at the first advance poll in the 2011 municipal election.

Brian Wooff, the chief election officer for Cranbrook, noted that everything has been going smoothly so far.

“We had a record number yesterday [Wednesday] and we’re heading for, I’m guessing, a little over 500 today, even with the rain,” said Wooff.

“The first two days last time we had 800.”

Overall voters were very happy with the new voting process which includes the use of the voting machines and the new ballot.

“The people really like the ballots, they really like the voting machine. We were surprised by numbers for about 20 minutes yesterday [Wednesday] but we adjusted and it’s gone really, really well,” he said.

“…They don’t have three pieces of paper or four pieces of paper bumbling around in the voting booth, they’ve got one and it’s easy to see.

Thursday was the second of three advance poll dates for voters until 8:00pm at the Senior’s Centre at 125- 17th Avenue South. The third and final advance poll is Wednesday November 12, 2014.

If you are not registered on the List of Electors, please bring two pieces of identification when you come to vote.

General voting is Saturday November 15 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Laurie Middle School gym, located at 1808 – 2nd Street South.

For more information about the election or the Water Fluoridation Electoral Assent, please visit the City of Cranbrook website at www.cranbrook.ca.