Midtown major part of record-setting advance polls

Midtown voters were among the most active in the city in the advance polls held Oct. 14-19, helping set a record for the highest turnout in Toronto’s history, with 161,147 ballots cast.

In 2010 a total 77,391 voted in the advance polls.

Four midtown wards led the way this time, with Wards 16, 21 and 25 seeing more than 15 percent of eligible voters mark an X. Ward 22 had the fourth highest turnout, with 14 percent.

There are 16 candidates vying for the Ward 16 seat, which has no incumbent. Councillor Karen Stintz, who entered the mayoral race but dropped out in August, is not seeking re-election. Wards 21, 25 and 22 are represented by strong incumbent councillors Joe Mihevc, Jaye Robinson, and Josh Matlow, respectively.

Ward 26, where incumbent John Parker is facing a vigorous challenge from Jon Burnside, was 12th with 10.9 percent. Ward 27, currently held by councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, did one better, with 11.1 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.

Ward 15, held by incumbent councillor Josh Colle, saw among the lowest turnout in the city, with a little more than 7.5 percent of eligible voters having gone to the polls.

A study released two weeks ago shows wards 16, 21, 22 and 25, at 45–54 percent, have neighbourhoods among the top in the city for voter turnout in the last three municipal elections. Leaside-Bennington in Ward 26, at 58 percent, topped the list.

Election day is Oct. 27.