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Advance poll turnout soars in Manitoba

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This article was published 14/10/2015 (1635 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Advance polls continue to grow in popularity for Canadian voters, with turnout at the early polls last weekend increasing again in this election compared to previous election.

About 3.6 million Canadians voted in the advance polls this weekend, a 71 per cent increase from the 2.1 million advance voters in the 2011 election.

The result continues a trend of increasing turnout at advance polls. In 2011, turnout at advance polls increased by 34.5 per cent compared with the 2008 election.

"Many Canadians chose to vote at advance polls in this election," Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand said Wednesday in a release. "Having four polling days provided greater flexibility and convenience for voters."

People queue up to cast their ballots during advance voting in Brandon. (Colin Corneau / Brandon Sun files)

COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN

People queue up to cast their ballots during advance voting in Brandon. (Colin Corneau / Brandon Sun files)

In Manitoba, 108,454 people voted at advance polls, according to preliminary estimates. That's double the 55,871 people who voted at advance polls in 2011.

Turnout in every Manitoba riding increased over 2011, although it may not be fully accurate to compare turnouts with 2011 since many ridings' boundaries have changed.

The northern Manitoba riding of Churchill-Keewatinook-Aski, which was the riding of Churchill in 2011, showed the most pronounced increase in turnout. Advance voting there nearly tripled from 1,800 votes in 2011 to 7,154 votes in 2015.

This is especially significant since in 2011, Churchill had the lowest voter turnout in Manitoba.

In Winnipeg, meanwhile, Winnipeg Centre – which also suffers from perennial low voter turnout – saw a jump from 1,879 advance votes in 2011 to 4,959 in 2015.

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Votes cast in advance polls across Manitoba

The map shows the number of votes cast at advance polls in a riding. Click on a riding to see how many were cast in the 2011 election. Scroll out to see all of Manitoba

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Updated on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 4:29 PM CDT: Adds graph of increase, corrects error in text description of increase for Churchill.

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