When asked what brought them to the polls, Sidney voter George Richardson said he wanted to vote because “one of the mayor candidate said he would listen.” Trudi Seibel said she always voted, regardless of any big issue. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

2018 Sidney voter turnout already higher than 2014

Sidney Chief Electoral Officer hopes for 50% turnout by night’s end

By 4:30 p.m. on election day, it was already clear that voter turnout in Sidney would be higher than the last election.

Sandi Nelson, chief electoral officer, said 2,224 ballots were cast on voting day today, on top of the 2,028 advance ballots received by the Town. In 2014, the Town received a total of 3,911 ballots (a 43 per cent turnout). Nelson hoped to surpass 50 per cent voter turnout by the end of the day.

RELATED: 2018 Sidney mayoral candidates outline their vision

Nelson said there was a line this morning when polls opened, but for the rest of the day, voters did not have to wait long.

In this election cycle, development on Beacon Ave. and listening to residents have been dominant issues, with incumbent mayor Steve Price emphasizing development as progress and prosperity, while challenger Cliff McNeil-Smith said he would listen to resident’s concerns about development and parking shortages in the core and would place a moratorium on six-storey buildings until the Town’s Official Community Plan could be revised.

Trudi Seibel said there was no particular issue that brought her to the polls, but said she always voted.

Voter George Richardson said he came to the polls because “one of the mayor candidates said he would listen.”


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