© Star photo by Gary Kean
A group of people head to the polling station located at Corner Brook city hall to cast their votes for the next city council Tuesday afternoon.
CORNER BROOK There are still several hours left before the counting of votes begins and the chief returning officer for the election in Corner Brook is expecting the activity at the polls to pick up in the late afternoon and early evening.
A mid-afternoon check with Marina Redmond, the City of Corner Brook’s city clerk who supervises the municipal voting, indicated that the voter turnout seemed fairly average up to that point Tuesday.
“It’s been a nice pace, but not too busy,” said Redmond shortly before 3 p.m. “I expect it will pick up a lot between 4 and 6 o’clock. It usually does,”
Redmond said one polling station had reported a busy opening hour or so, but that voting had tapered off to a more casual rate after that. She said none of the polling stations had requested any extra supplies yet, which they usually do at some point during election day.
Eligible voters in Corner Brook have until 8 p.m. to get to a polling station in their neighbourhood to choose their next mayor and six city councillors.
A total of 572 people had already voted in the advance poll held Sept. 14. That was more than twice the number who voted in the advance poll during the last municipal election in 2009.
No votes, including those cast in the advance poll, will be counted until all the polls close at 8 p.m.