A record number of Winnipeggers got a head start on casting their ballots for the 2018 municipal election.

According to the City of Winnipeg 39,840 residents voted at advanced polling stations this year, which is already a 30 per cent increase from the 30,619 who came out in 2014 with one day of voting left to go.

“We implemented several new measures this year to make advance voting as convenient and easy as possible,” said City of Winnipeg senior election official Marc Lemoine.

“From polling stations at malls across the city to new technology such as poll pads and additional automatic voting machines, our goal was to simplify the process, reduce wait times, and improve service for people casting a ballot.” 

Advanced voting began on Oct. 1 and ends Friday, Oct. 19.

On Oct. 24 polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Registered voters have been mailed notices outlining their designated voting locations or they can check at winnipeg.ca/wheredoivote.

All voters must bring a valid ID with their name and current address when they go to vote.