10/20/2014 12:25 EDT | Updated 12/20/2014 05:59 EST

Record number of Toronto voters cast ballots in advance polls

TORONTO - A record number of Toronto voters turned out to cast their ballots in advance polls last week.

City officials say the advance polls were used by 161,147 eligible voters, compared to 77,391 in the last municipal election in 2010.

City Clerk Ulli Watkiss says the latest figures mark the highest advance vote in Toronto since amalgamation in 1998.

Overall voter turnout during Toronto's last municipal election was 50.55 per cent.

Toronto's municipal race has been an eventful one, with controversial mayor Rob Ford initially running for re-election until he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September.

The mayor has since dropped out of the race for Toronto's top office, with his older brother Doug Ford taking his place.

Toronto's election is next Monday.