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Civic candidates preparing for final days of election

Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áCivic candidates are on the final stretch, gathering the last bit of support they can find just days away from B.C.’s municipal elections.

After weeks of all-candidates meetings, knocking on doors, and speaking with voters, outgoing City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto says they’re probably pretty happy it’ll be over soon.

Up until now, he says, candidates have been focused on finding the people who would vote for them.

“So on election day, you make sure you give them a call and get them out to vote. So you’re trying to mobilize,” he says. “So you’re getting that ready to go, you’re getting your phone list ready to go.”

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At this point, he says, it’s going to be tough to convince people to change their minds.

“Mostly, undecideds have made up their minds to say this is how we’re going to go,” he says. “It’s just a matter of managing their stress and making sure they have a good e-day organizing campaign.”

SFU Political Scientist Paddy Smith says polls have had fairly consistent results, but he says it is possible for some voters to still be swayed.

“But it would probably take a misstep by one of the leading candidates, I would think,” he says. “It would have to take some disaster in the campaign to change things at this point.”

B.C. voters will head to the polls on Saturday, Oct. 20 to vote for mayors, city councilors, and school and park board trustees.