Election Chads

Big vote rush at Advance Poll

You might have thought they were selling tickets to the Rod Stewart concert, but they were just letting people vote in the first advance poll in the civic election.

A total of 1,569 people showed up to vote at City Hall on Wednesday, facing lineups and wait times. This is a whopping 52% increase over the 1,033 who voted in the first advance poll in 2014.

What can it mean? Lots of people planning to be away on Voting Day Oct. 20? Enthusiasm to replace or retain the current mayor and incumbent councillors?

In the Ontario provincial election in June, there was an overall 19% increase in advance voting and the government was defeated.

Advance polls continue this week and next and we’ll be watching the numbers:

  • Friday, October 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave.
  • Monday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victoria City Hall
  • Wednesday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Victoria, Student Union Building

 

Mayoral race: the last-chance debate

Mike Geoghegan, Bruce McGuigan, Lisa Helps and Stephen Hammond
battle for mic time at downtown debate

This is your last chance to ask the mayoral candidates the question that will decide (or confirm) your vote.

Nearly all the candidates for the top job will be at the final mayoral debate of the campaign this Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave.

The debate format is geared to the interests of members of the audience. If you want to ask a question, submit your name as you enter the hall, and after opening statements by candidates, the moderator will choose names from a hat and invite questioners to the mic.

A questioner chooses two candidates to answer her/his question and must pose it in 30 seconds.

The format also provides for brief one-on-one debates among the candidates.

The forum is sponsored by the Fernwood Community Association and The Record.

Great thanks are due to all the community and business groups who gave their time and effort to organize all the candidates’ forums, an essential part of our democracy, particularly in these days of diminished media coverage.