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Early voting trendsBy Trevor J. Adams | Oct 15, 2012
Tags: District 7, election, Halifax, HRM, politics
Some interesting trends are emerging in Halifax’s municipal election advance voting, according to report released by HRM Returning Officer Cathy Mellett late Friday. As of 3pm Friday, about 9% of the 297,500 eligible voters had cast ballots in advance polls. In virtually every district, the majority of advance votes are coming via the Internet. Advance-voting rates are particularly strong among young voters: “over 27% of 18-year-olds on the voters list have already voted,” said Mellett in the press release. The data doesn’t directly link the two trends, but it’s pretty likely that younger people are more inclined to vote online. Mellett also points out that seniors tend to vote in person, on election day, rather than in advance polls.
One of the most interesting Council races is District 7 (Peninsula South-Downtown), where veteran Councillor Sue Uteck faces Waye Mason, Gerry Walsh, The Dawg Father and Mike MacDonell. In that district, 1,431 out of 17,766 eligible voters had cast ballots as of 3pm Friday. That’s about 8.05%, slightly below the HRM average of 9%. Of those advance votes, 1,205 were done online.