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Brisk Civic Election Vote Likely For Mayor, Aldermen
Calgary, 6 Other Cities Balloting In Sunshine
A heavy vote was considered likely in today's Calgary civic elections, with polling stations throughout the city reporting brisk activity this morning as Calgarians went to the polls to elect a mayor, seven aldermen, four public school trustees and to vote on two money bylaws.
Electors in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Drumheller, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Wetaskiwin, also voted in civic elections today.
Calgary elections officials said it was difficult to compare this year's vote with previous years because of the shorter polling hours in effect. The polls opened at 10 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.
IN THE FIRST two hours of balloting an average of about 30 votes were cast at each split poll in each polling subdivision. A similar comparison with previous elections was not possible because voting was always light in the first hour or so in previous elections dates when polls opened at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
But election officials said they believed the rate of voting last year would be well below that of today.
Between 40,000 and 45,000 of Calgary's 93,455 qualified electors are expected to cast their ballots for the office of mayor, aldermen and public school board and on two money bylaws.
IF THE RATE of voting recorded this morning continued for the rest of the day, about 37,000 ballots would be cast. But election officials point out that with Wednesday being a half-holiday and with the suppertime vote yet to come, balloting could be much heavier than that.
In the last mayoralty contest in 1951-- when there were only three ballots, for mayor, council and a money bylaw-- 31,875 voters cast their ballots, or 37.3 per cent of the eligible that yeyar.
Thus years' vote was expected to be heavier as a result of the combination of good weather and the five ballots. It was 72 degrees above at 2 p.m.
Government liquor stores and beer parlors were closed all day today in accordance with elections regulations which prohibit the sale of liquor on polling days.
In Calgary candidates for the office of mayor for a term of two years are:
Mayor D. H. Mackay, Independent;
D. F. McIntosh, Labor;
Gordon Wray, Ind.
John Banffy, Ind.;
Ald. Paul R. Brecken, C.G.A.;
Harry B. Brogden, Labor;
E. G. Callbeck, Labor;
Paul H. Hansen, Ind.;
Harry Kizema, Ind.;
Grant MacEwan, C.G.A.;
Ald. P. N. R. Morrison, Labor;
Hardy E. Salter, C.G.A.;
Melvin E. Shannon, C.G.A.;
Arthur R. Smith, Ind.;
Ald. E. Bruce Watson, Labor,
Ald. Rose E. Wilkinson, Ind.
Spencer Cumming, C.G.A.;
A. O. Gardner, Labor;
Lou Goodwin, C.G.A.;
P. P. C. Haigh, Ind.;
Dr. J. K. Mulloy, C.G.A., and,
L. Dudley Ward, Labor.
At stake in the election, besides the office of mayor, are seven vacancies on city council and four on the school board. In addition, the electors will be voting on a $1,900,000 money bylaw for the proposed General hospital's school of nursing and residence and renovations to the Perley maternity wing,and an $850,000 airport terminal building.
THE FACT that there are five ballots in this year's election, and owing to the large number of candidates, election returns are expected to be slow in coming in after the polls close at 8 p.m.
Deputy returning officers, for the first time in civic elections, will sort and count the ballots cast at ......
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Extracted by J. Kynman 2014-12-23