Elections Canada is recording a jump in advanced votes across the country, with more Manitobans opting to cast a ballot in an advanced poll or by mail than in recent elections.
The agency says roughly 5,780,000 ballots were cast in this past weekend’s advancing polls, representing an 18 per cent increase in advanced votes last year.
Meanwhile, special ballots — which can be mailed, or dropped off at a returning office — are also on the rise.
Elections Canada has issued more than one million of these special ballots, of which just over half had been received as of early Tuesday. In Manitoba, 23,525 voters requested a special ballot, 17,807 of which have been returned.
Winnipeg South Centre had the most special ballots of all 14 Manitoba ridings, nearly double the average for voting kits (5,125 compared with an average of 2,323), of which 4,295 were special ballots issued within the riding, 563 were for residents living elsewhere in Canada and 267 living abroad.
That riding ranks 45 out of all 338 ridings for the raw numbers of special ballots, without weighing ridings by the number of electors. British Columbia made up eight of the top 10 ridings for special ballots.