Big spike in advance voting numbers in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

According to Elections Canada, 19,006 votes were cast at advance polls in the riding between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 — a 29 per cent increase (4,343 votes) from the 2015 election

The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding saw a 29 per cent increase in voter turnout at advance polls this year compared to the federal election four years ago.

According to Elections Canada, 19,006 votes were cast at advance polls in the riding between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 — 4,343 more than were cast in advance polls in 2015.

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In 2015, there were 14,663 ballots cast in advance of the general election.

There were 95,347 eligible voters in the riding that year, meaning about 15 per cent of voters cast ballots ahead of general voting day.

Though there were also four advance voting days in 2015, an Elections Canada spokeswoman told KTW polls this year were open 12 hours a day, whereas the 2015 election featured eight-hour advance voting days.

Elections Canada said 4.7-million people voted at advance polls across the country, the most ever recorded and a 29 per cent jump compared to advance voting in the 2015 election, when 3.65-million people cast votes ahead of general voting day.

Total voter turnout in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in 2015 was about 73 per cent, with 69,939 votes cast ,minus 174 rejected ballots.

According to Elections Canada, there are 102,423 eligible voters in the riding for this year’s election.

 

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