A record number of Torontonians cast their ballot in advance polls on Tuesday.
The city has released figures from day 1 of the advanced vote, saying 28.046 electors dropped their ballot in one of the 45 boxes around the city.
In 2010, the overall number of people who cast an early ballot during the weekday polling hours sat at 16,000. Fast forward to 2014, and Toronto could be ready for a record breaking election.
The one-day figure is roughly one-third of the entire early voting turnout, which clocked in a 77.000.
Ward 5 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and Ward 25 (Don Valley West) recorded the highest turnout on day 1, with more than 1,000 electors casting a vote.
The advance vote will run until October 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and has been expanded to 44 locations across the city, with one in each ward.
Advance voting is also being offered at Toronto City Hall until Friday, October 17. Electors, regardless of where they live in the city, can vote at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W
Another new Forum Research poll out this morning has Tory still leading the mayoral race.
The latest poll has John Tory in front with 39% support. Doug Ford is second with 33% and Olivia Chow remains in third, 10 points back with 23%.
That reestablishes Tory as the clear frontrunner after a Forum poll last week showed Doug Ford had closed the gap to just 2 points.
However, Tory’s approval rating has slipped by 11 points in the past month down to 55% as both Ford and Chow attack his Smart-Track Plan.
Why do you think this number of people have turned out to vote already? Why are Torontonians so much more interested in this election compared to previous ones? Why do you think Ward 25 saw the highest number of voters?