Election 2015: Massive increase in advance-voting numbers

There were more than double the number of advance-vote ballots cast in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding in this election

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There were more than double the number of advance-vote ballots cast in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding in this election, compared to the 2011 campaign.

Elections Canada reported that 14,224 people cast ballots during four days of advance polls, compared to 6,505 ballots cast during three days of advance polls four years ago.

Nationally, Elections Canada said, advance-polling numbers were up 71 per cent over 2011 data.

According to the preliminary figures, 3.6-million electors voted in the advance polls, compared to the 2.1-million voters who cast ballots in advance in the 2011 general election.

Elections Canada estimates 507,920 people voted in B.C. polling stations, up from 259,278 in the 2011 election.

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand said the increase was due in part to an additional advance voting day on Sunday, offered for the first time.

More than 850,000 Canadians voted on Friday and more than 1.2-million people voted on Monday, representing the two busiest days of advance voting ever.

Many Canadians chose to vote at advance polls in this election,” Mayrand said.

Having four polling days provided greater flexibility and convenience for voters.”

General election day is Monday, Oct. 19.

Polls in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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