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Halifax Votes 2016: E-voting turnout down by more than 10,000 from 2012

At the close of e-voting Thursday, the HRM registered 55,788 electronic and telephone votes.

Halifax City Hall

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Halifax City Hall

E-voting and phone voting is down this election as opposed to 2012.

Kevin Arjoon, municipal clerk, said he's not sure why the numbers are down, but it can't be due to lack of advertising. He said they've taken out ads in radio and newspaper as well as billboards and social media.

“I'm not sure what we could do better but I'm willing to go out to the public in 2017 and ask because we're going to be doing some follow up,” Arjoon said.

In the last municipal election in 2012, 66,272 people voted by e-vote and phone (22.2 per cent of the entire vote). At the close of e-voting Thursday, the HRM registered 55,788 electronic and telephone votes.

HRM has been e-voting since 2008 and Arjoon said it continues to be a very valuable tool.

“We want to make it more easy, convenient and simple,” Arjoon said. “If we can do this and help people out with their in their busy lifestyles and hectic work days, I'm all for it.”

A self-proclaimed optimist, Arjoon said he's hoping for a busy day at the polls on Saturday.

“At the end of the day I just want to make sure that everyone who did want to cast a ballot does and that we're in compliance with legislation,” he said.

The voter help line has been staffed 12 hours a day, taking mostly calls regarding technical problems with e-voting and polling stations, Arjoon said.

This time around staff at the polling stations have received extra training on improving the voter experience like reducing line up and a seamless process.

How to vote:

The window for e-voting and telephone voting closed Thursday but the big day at the polls is Saturday. 

Cast your ballot in person: polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

If you have any questions on where to vote go to halifax.ca/election or call the voter help line at 902-490-8683.

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