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results-regOWEN SOUND – Friday, October 27, 2014 - The 2014 Municipal Election is today! The polls close at 8:00 p.m. To find out the results of the election you can visit the City's website at www.election.owensound.ca or on the Hub at http://owensoundhub.org/city-hall/owen-sound-election-2014-voters-guide.html.

Once the polls are closed the ballots will be returned to City Hall and the results of each poll will be reported to the City Clerk. The City Clerk will review and validate the unofficial vote results. The unofficial vote results will then be published to the City's website and displayed at City Hall.

voter-turnout-regThe 84-per-cent increase in advance poll turnout this year puts Owen Sound on track for a record voter turnout, with well over 50 per cent of eligible voters poised to cast ballots, Mayor Deb Haswell said.

"I am pleased that reforms in the voting process undertaken by the present city council are working," Haswell said after assessing the advance poll result of 1,770 voters, 11 per cent of those eligible compared to 959 or six per cent of eligible voters in the 2010 election.

Only 49.5 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in 2010.

elect-results-regPlease be advised that unofficial election results will be made available on Election Night through a link on the front page of the City's website. The direct link to the results page is http://www.owensound.ca/results/.

There will be seven (7) sets of tabulator results – one for each of the five Voting Locations as well as the Advance Vote and Specialty Polls. The results report will show how many tabulators have been reported.

Results will be uploaded periodically as the tabulators are returned to City Hall and information from the tabulators is validated and published.

Rogers Television is broadcasting this year from their studio and is inviting candidates and other members of the media to join them at the studio to monitor election results and engage in interviews. City Hall will also display the results in Council Chambers for anyone who may wish to attend here.

If you have any questions regarding unofficial election results, please feel free to contact me.

mudtown-featBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Art lovers and candidates were lined up well before 6:30, up the library stairs, out the front door and past the tooth fairy, a creative proponent of "Voting "Yes" to end fluoridation".

The third and final all-candidates' meeting in Owen Sound before the October 27th election was hosted by Mudtown Records, a local event and music production business.

The focus of the evening was the future of the arts in the economy of Owen Sound and each candidate could choose which of ten questions to answer in their remarks. The choice of the question was often as revealing as the answer. Jim McManaman and Brian O'Leary, both closely associated with minor sports in Owen Sound, spoke about balancing spending on the arts with city funding for sports by detailing some of the higher ticket cultural items already in the city budget. Peter Lemon and Arlene Wright answered artist and business owner Karen Rosalie's question about creating a downtown heritage and arts district with clear support for the idea.

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