First advance Kamloops poll sees 581 cast ballot in civic election

After the first day of advance voting, 581 Kamloops residents turned up to cast a ballot in the civic election.

Advance voting began in downtown Kamloops at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, and on Wednesday, Oct. 17. General election day is Oct. 20.

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Polls on all days are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chief election officer Scott Redgrove noted 2,562 turned up to advance polls in the 2014 municipal election, equating to about 800 voters per day on average. The first day of advance voting in 2014 saw 668 people cast votes.

“That number does look definitely like it’s down right now,” Redgrove said.

He speculated slightly lower numbers could be linked to the significant number of candidates, one person challenging the incumbent mayor and no referendum question posed on the ballot.

Redmond noted next week’s all-candidates forum will likely drum up interest.

KTW is hosting the forum in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Voter turnout in Kamloops in 2014 was 33 per cent, which equates to 22,672 of 68,410 eligible voters. Voter turnout in 2011 was 29 per cent.

KTW has published more than 50 civic election stories — from candidate profiles to issues-based Q&As and coverage of various forums. All of it can be accessed online under the Civic Election tab at kamloopsthisweek.com.

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