Poll results show what areas of the city voted in Ford for mayor
Was it downtown, suburbs that gave him most support?
Rob Ford is mayor-elect in Toronto having gotten 383,501 votes to win.
In second place was George Smitherman with 289,832 votes. Ford beat Smitherman with 93,669 more votes.
The mayor is elected city-wide, but what areas of T.O were Ford’s biggest supporters from? Curious? I was.
Today, the city election office released poll-by-poll results for all mayoral candidates. This let us know which of the 44 wards Rob Ford got his support from and where second-place finisher George Smitherman won his votes. Let’s take a look (and check this out to see where past mayor’s got their support).
On average here is the breakdown:
In Scarborough’s 10 wards Ford overwhelmingly beat Smitherman.
In Etobicoke’s 6 wards picked Ford by a huge margin.
More voters in York’s 6 wards loved Ford too than Smitherman.
North York and Don Valley wards also loved Ford.
Parkdale-High Park and the downtown core loved Smitherman.
Midtown was split with half of it voting more for Ford and the eastern part voting more for Smitherman.
Davenport (west end of downtown) half of it voted Ford and the other half supported Smitherman.
Four wards in Beaches, East York, Riverdale, east end: three wards sided with Smitherman and one ward wit Ford. Continue reading →
Will 2010 voter turnout be up from 39 percent in 2006?
Over 77,000 make ballots in advance polls, increase over ’06
Oct. 25 is election day, get out and vote
Let’s face it. Voter turnout is shamefully low. In 2006, overall turnout was 39.3 percent.
But there’s encouraging news so far: in the advance polls for the 2010 race a total of 77,397 people turned out.
That represents an 82 percent increase in advance voting compared to 2006.
Of course, if you are like me and are waiting to vote on election day Mon. Oct 25 polls are open from 10 am to 8 pm at 1,562 locations across the city.
To find out where to vote in your area go the city’s election site and click on where do I vote? Or call 311 to ask. On election day, bring your voter registration card (if you were mailed one) plus ID and proof of address.
There are a total of 476 candidates running for council, mayor and school board for 84 elected positions at city hall and Toronto school boards.
So are you planning to vote on election day or have you voted already? What would encourage you to vote?
The two battled for in ’06 election and Coun. Parker won
This time Dhanani looking to beat incumbent in 2010 race
By Kris Scheuer
(Written Feb. 26 for Town Crier)
Candidate Mohamed Dhanani running in ward 26.
Mohamed Dhanani is ready for a rematch against Don Valley West Councillor John Parker.
Dhanani came within 214 votes of Parker in the 2006 election. At that time, there was no incumbent as then councillor Jane Pitfield ran for mayor instead leaving the ward wide open.
Then, 15 candidates ran but it was the top three contenders who had the best shot with Parker garnering 3,369 votes, Dhanani gathering 3,155 and Abdul Ingar gaining 2,940 votes.
The third place finisher Ingar is not running in 2010 and is instead throwing his support behind Dhanani.
“Between him (Ingar) and I, we had 40 percent of the votes last time. Parker won with 20 percent,” said Dhanani.
But 2010, councillor Parker has incumbency on his side.
Dhanani is taking this re-run seriously. Continue reading →
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Liberal Glen Murray voted in as next MPP tonight
NDP Cathy Crowe comes second, PC Pam Taylor third
By Kris Scheuer and Matthew Cohen
(Written Feb. 4 for Town Crier.)
Newly elected Toronto-Centre MPP Glen Murray gets congratulated by his mother Mary and Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.
The Liberals are two-for-two in Toronto byelections after Glen Murray was chosen to replace George Smitherman in Toronto Centre.
Murray won handily, taking 47 percent of the popular vote with all the polls reporting. His total was just below the 47.85 percent Smitherman received during the 2007 general election. Continue reading →
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Tagged Byelection, Gord Cameron, Green Stefan Premdas, Karolyn Coorsh, Kris Scheuer, Liberal Glen Murray, Matthew Cohen, NDP Cathy Crowe, PC Pamela Taylor, results, Toronto-Centre, Town Crier, votes, Win