Morinville pulls 43 per cent of eligible voters

By Staff

Morinville – Although Monday’s election results are already well-known around town, has obtained figures on Monday’s voter turnout.

According to information received from the Town of Morinville Thursday afternoon, 1,920 voters came out to the polls Oct. 18. Morinville’s 2008 census report indicated there were 4,446 eligible voters in Morinville and the returning officer has factored in an additional 500 voters to reflect Morinville’s population increase over the past two years.

Based on those figures, 43 per cent of Morinville’s eligible voters took to the polls Oct. 18, 13 per cent higher numbers than the estimated 30 per cent who voted in 2004.

In total, 1,788 votes were cast for mayor, meaning that 132 or nearly seven per cent of voters did not opt to vote for mayor.

Morinville’s new council are set to be sworn in Friday afternoon by the Honourable Ken Kowalski, MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock. The ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. in council chambers.

Kowalski will swear in Lloyd Bertschi as mayor and councillors Gordon Boddez, Nicole Boutestein, Lisa Holmes, Paul Krauskopf, David Pattison and Ben Van De Walle.

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