THUNDER BAY – Voter turnout at the advance polls has been reported as up massively across Canada. However in Thunder Bay the figures are showing that in Thunder Bay Superior North the turnout was down. In the last election, 4,822 voters cast their ballot in the advance poll. This year 4,639 people voted. That is a drop of four per cent. In Thunder Bay Rainy River, voter turnout was up by one per cent. In 2008, 4,798 people voted at the advance poll. This year, 4,846 voters cast a ballot at the advance poll.
In Kenora, the turnout at the advance polls was up by 11 per cent. In 2009, 2,589 people voted in the advance poll. This past weekend, 2,865 people voted.
The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, announced the preliminary estimate of the number of electors who voted in advance on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25. According to the preliminary figures, 2,056,001 electors voted at the advance polls in this federal general election. This is a 34.5% increase from the 1,528,780 electors who voted in advance in the 40th general election in 2008.
Over 676,000 Canadians voted on Friday and over 823,000 on Monday, representing the two (2) busiest days of advance voting ever.