The number of voters in 2018 increased in all five polls in Niagara on the Lake, but the Old Town turnout hit an impressive 70%.
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In 2018, voters in Old Town tipped the scales for who won the races for Lord Mayor, Regional Council and for seven of the eight Town Council seats in NOTL.
Voters in Niagara-on-the-Lake clearly want a fresh approach to local governance with an incredible 58% turnout.
Looking at the campaign financial data reported after the 2014 election, spending by successful candidates ran as high as $5 for the Lord Mayor position and averaged over $2 for each vote received by new candidates for Town Council.
If there’s a candidate who you want to see elected, or someone else you don’t want to see win, what’s the best way to make your list for voting day? Our friend Jim thinks that some voters simply pick off the top names or bottom names on the ballot – voting in alphabetical order.
With 24 candidates running for the 8 seats on NOTL Council, plus the 22 other candidates running for 4 other positions, we’re seeing lots of yard signs. We likely also will see more voters go to the polls. There are 12% more potential voters in 2018 because of population growth, which likely will result in an increase in eligible voters of at least 5%.
Be smart when voting for Niagara-on-the-Lake Council. It’s not only who you support, but also how many of the 24 candidates you select on the ballot. The difference between winning or losing a Council seat could be as little as 10 votes. Although you can vote for as many as 8 candidates, it is more effective to limit the number of candidates you support.
Some people believe that voting patterns vary across Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) based on where people live. Some Old Town residents, when unhappy about how things are going on Town Council, blame the voters in Virgil. Others will say farmers worry that the people in Old Town don’t support their interests. In fact, there is relative consistency in voting patterns between the five polls in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Wonder what the Niagara-on-the-Lake candidates look like? Want to know why they’re running? Here’s an alphabetical list of Regional Council, Lord Mayor, Town Council and school boards candidates with a photo (if one could find one for a candidate from a public site) and the link to their election websites (if a site could be found).