First-day advance voting numbers close to 3,000 in Kamloops ridings

Provincewide, 104,937 people voted on Oct. 15, compared to 122,465 on the first day of advance voting in the 2017 provincial election. There are about 3.5-million registered voters in B.C.

Almost 3,000 people in the two Kamloops ridings cast ballots on the first day of advance voting for the provincial election.

Advance voting began on Oct. 15 and will conclude on Oct.21, with general voting day being Oct, 24.

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On Oct. 15, 1,822 people in Kamloops-North Thompson took advantage of advance voting. The riding has 44,809 registered voters. In Kamloops-South Thompson, which has 46,345 registered voters, the first day of advance voting saw 986 ballots cast.

Provincewide, 104,937 people voted on Oct. 15, compared to 122,465 on the first day of advance voting in the 2017 provincial election. There are about 3.5-million registered voters in B.C.

Voting by mail is also available — and more people than ever are taking advantage.

As of Oct. 14, Elections BC had received about 700,000 vote-by-mail package requests (about 20 per cent of the total number of registered voters) and the requests are still coming in as the Oct. 17 request deadline nears.

By comparison, in the 2017 provincial election, 11,268 people requested mail-in ballots and 6,517 were returned, representing just one per cent of the total ballots cast.

In Kamloops-North Thompson, 5,623 (16 per cent) of eligible voters have asked for vote-by-mail packages; in Kamloops-South Thompson, 7,965 (12 per cent) of eligible voters have done likewise.

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