Advance polling in West Island draws “average” turnout

Baie d’Urfe and Sainte Anne de Bellevue draw larger numbers

By Kevin Woodhouse

To determine the participation rates of West Island municipalities in last Sunday’s advance polling for the upcoming November 3rd election, The Suburban contacted a number of cities to get the results.

As of press time, Pierre Laporte, spokesperson for the city of Montreal elections, said that across the island, the percentage of eligible voters who took part in the advance polling came out to 5.5% “with some boroughs having better results and others with lower participation rates.”

As of press time, Laporte did not have the specific numbers for the boroughs of Lachine and Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

Dorval returning officer Chantal Bilodeau noted that 642 voters made the trip to the polls last Sunday, representing 4.63% of the city’s total eligible voters.

Tim Seah, returning officer for Kirkland, said that the participation rate last weekend was at 6% or 932 voters. “This is an average number for advance polling but with an actual mayoral race this year, the numbers could be a little higher than average on election day.”

Jean-Denis Jacob, city clerk and director of legal affairs for the city of Pointe Claire, noted that last Sunday’s advance polling “was an average turnout of 7%. Out of 23,000 potential voters, 1,800 took part in the advance poll.

“Perhaps the mayoral and council races in Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue have garnered the interest of citizens as 10% of all voters attended last Sunday’s advance polls. and while it was one of the highest participation rate of the municipalities covered, the city’s advance polling results was three percent higher, at 13%, in the last municipal election four years ago. Baie d’Urfe’s citizens mobilized the most for the advance poll that had two polling stations as well as a seniors’ home, known as a mobile poll, that accounted for 14.9% of residents, 412 eligible voters, who took part in the early voting.

“We had two polling statins because we expected a higher turnout and we expect there will be a high turnout for Sunday’s vote,” said Natalie Hadida, returning officer for Baie d’Urfe.

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