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Uptick in voters for first advanced poll in the City of Merritt.
 
Chief Elections Officer Sean Smith says the city saw an increase of roughly 15% yesterday, with 261 votes cast.
 
"I don't know if there was anyone one definite reason we saw an uptick. Who knows, we might not see it continue into the next opportunity. But, it seems like there is a lot of interest, and people were excited to get out and vote." 
 
A total of 492 advanced ballots were cast in the City of Merritt during the 2014 Municipal Election.
 
Residents will have another opportunity to cast an advanced vote on Oct 17th at City Hall from 8am to 8pm.
 
General voting day is Oct 20th.
 
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