Guess where I was just now? Yes, at was at my local polling station exercising my democratic rights by voting in the Municipal Election. Polls close at 8 pm tonight, so you still have about six hours to find out where you vote (if you don't know already) and get their and vote. During early polls, 3,200 people voted, which is about 2.8 per cent of the City's population. In 2006, the total number of eligible voters that made the trip to the ballot box was a little over 50 per cent. Here’s hoping we can do better this year (but I doubt it).
In the meantime, here’s where you can find all the information you’ll need on where, when and how to vote today:
As for predictions, well, I’m not the biggest fan of making predictions although that’s sometimes what the job calls for. So here it is… I’m relatively, within a high degree of probability, certain that Karen Farbridge will remain the Mayor of Guelph till 2014. Despite his early running, Birtwistle seemed to not put up much of a fight, and his platform - if you can find it on his website - seems to be more about what sucks in Guelph right now and who's responsible.
As for council, we know that there will be at least two new councillors by the end of the night, but I'll go out on a limb and say that there'll be at least five, possibly six new people for the horseshoe. One ward will probably be turned over completely, with two or three others getting half a change.
Voter turnout will be down versus 2006, but should be better than 2003's 36 per cent.
As for me, I'll most likely be at City Hall when the results start coming in and then post shortly there after around 10 pm. Stay tuned tonight for the results.