ADVANCE POLL TURNOUT UP
Voters visit Activity Haven Senior Centre on Barnardo Avenue as advance voting for the October 22 municipal election was held at five locations across the city. There were 2,019 votes cast Friday, 515 at Westdale United Church, 483 at the Evinrude Centre, 402 at Activity Haven, 366 at the Lions Community Centre and 253 at the Peterborough Public Library. That’s up from 1,731 in the 2014 election and 1,021 in the 2010 election, the city reports. With 10 days to go, 2,918 in the city have voted online.
Voting can be confusing, especially for those who haven’t done so before, so university students are invited to visit one of two voting pop-ups next week.
Students 18 and older are eligible to vote in the upcoming Peterborough municipal election, as long as they reside in the city while attending school.
“Students don’t always know that they can vote in the city where they attend school,” stated John Kennedy, city clerk and returning officer, in a press release. “It’s important to make them aware of their voter eligibility, and ensure that it is convenient for them to register and vote.”
There will be a voting pop-up at Fleming College Monday from noon to 5 p.m. at the main entrance at the Peterborough campus. On Tuesday, Trent University will have its pop-up from noon to 5 p.m. in the Student Centre.
Students must bring ID showing their name and qualifying address so they can be added to the voters list.
Once registered by the pop-ups, voters can go online to www.peterboroughvotes.ca, which has a two-step process to vote from phones, laptops, tablets or desktop computers.