Interest in the federal election is higher than in 2019 — if advance voting numbers are the barometer measuring such interest.
While general voting day is on Monday, Sept. 20, there were four advance voting days, from Sept. 10 through Sept. 13.
Of the 42 electoral ridings in B.C., Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo had the second-highest number of votes cast — 27,838.
Only the neighbouring riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap, with 28,925 votes cast, had a larger advance voting turnout.
In fact, only three of the 42 ridings in B.C. recorded fewer advance votes this year, compared to the 2019 federal election.
In Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, the 27,838 advance votes cast in this election are more than 8,000 in excess of the 19,320 advance ballots cast in the 2019 federal election.
In addition to a surge in advance voting numbers, Elections Canada has received record number of mail-in ballot requests, at 1.2 million.
Since all mail-in ballots from people residing in the riding in which they vote won’t be counted until the morning after general election day, there is a possibility the final results of the election won’t be known on election night (Monday, Sept. 20).
Those who have requested mail-in ballots have until polls close on election day (7 p.m. in B.C.) to deliver their ballots to their polling place or to the riding’s Elections Canada office(s).
The Kamloops Elections Canada office for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding is in Northills Centre in North Kamloops and is open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Go online to electionscanada.ca to find out where your polling station is located, what ID you need to vote, whether you have to register