Voters across the North cast their ballots on Election Day | Catch My Job


People in Greater Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie went to the polls while they were voting for the new mayor.

Polling stations across the north were busy throughout the day.

Some voters in Sudbury told CTV News what voting means to them and why it’s so important.

“No. 1 is extremely important to be a part of our city and our community and have a say and have that option to vote for who we believe will be one of our best leaders and as a Canadian citizen, it’s our duty to do that” , said one individual who voted at Boreal College.

“I think the city needs a change and that’s the only way to change is by voting, instead of staying home and complaining,” said another Sudbury voter.

Others in the North Bay told CTV News they prefer to vote in person rather than online.

“I feel comfortable doing it in person because I know my vote is going to be flipped and I think it’s a safe way,” said one North Bay voter.

“I vote in person because I don’t have a computer,” said another.

“It’s much easier for me to do it in person because I’m not computer literate.”

Officials from the City of Greater Sudbury shared their thoughts on how voting went throughout the day, and also commented on minor glitches that some people may have experienced.

“It’s been very busy today so far, as early as ten o’clock we had several locations where there were a significant number of people who wanted to vote,” said City Clerk Eric Labelle.

“Data Remediation which is the company that provides us with our electoral roll management system had a problem with one of their servers … the one that deals with the City of Greater Sudbury, so unfortunately that was an issue that they became aware of as well were working hard to resolve and here we were experiencing some slowdowns leading to longer queues until it cleared up around 12:30 in the evening”

Label added that by 3 p.m. more than 10,000 ballots had been cast, and more than half of them had been handed in personally.

“Out of those ballots, about 40 percent were cast electronically, so these are people who do not go to the polling stations and about 60 percent of those who were cast at the polling stations on paper.” This morning there were about 30 to 40 ballots per minute,” Labelle said.

Some voters in Sudbury noticed that Brian Bigger’s name was on the ballot. Labelle told CTV News that the deadline to withdraw from the municipal election was Aug. 19, and Bigger dropped out of the race after that, meaning it was too late to remove his name.

Polling stations will be open until Monday at 20:00.


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