Toronto sees highest ever voter turnout on 1st day of advance polls
An election official hands back to a voter her marked ballot to place in a ballot box. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:20PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:18PM EDT
A record number of Torontonians turned out to cast their ballot in advance polls on Tuesday.
According to the City of Toronto, more than 28,000 city residents registered their vote on the first day of advance polls.
By comparison, in 2010, only about 16,000 showed up to vote in all weekday advance polls combined.
Some of the wards with the best voter turnout include Ward 25 Don Valley West (1,122) and Ward 22 St. Paul's (1,077). A couple of wards with the worst voter turnout include Ward 7 York West (219), and Ward 9 York Centre (232).
Forty-four advance polls – one in each ward - will be open until Oct. 19. Polling stations are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents from all wards can also vote at city hall until Friday, Oct. 17.
Mayoral frontrunner John Tory took advantage of the advance polls, casting his ballot at city hall on Tuesday. Doug Ford, along with his wife Karla and his three daughters Kyla, Kayla and Kara, voted at an advance polling station in Etobicoke on Wednesday.
For those need extra incentives to get out and vote early, select bars across Toronto will be offering food and drink specials to those who register their vote in the advance polls for #HappyVotingHourTO.
If cheap beer isn't your thing, Sweet Olenka's is also offering up a yummy deal to advance poll voters.
Take a selfie in front of a polling booth on Oct. 15 or Oct. 16 and the Toronto shop will give you a free ice cream cone or truffle at its Queen Street West or Lakeshore Boulevard West location.