Advance polling sees 56% increase overall

Will George, Kamloops Vote 50, reminds students at Thompson Rivers University to vote at a mobile poll on Thursday.

KAMLOOPS - After three days of advance voting more than 2,500 ballots have been cast, an increase of just over 56 per cent from the 2011 civic election.

In total 2,526 ballots were cast over the three days, Nov. 5, 6 and 12, where as only 1,615 ballots were cast in 2011 during the three advance voting days. Another 361 people voted at the 12 different mobile polls that visited care homes on those days, which is about the same as in the last election.

A final mobile poll is happening at Thompson Rivers University Thursday for staff and students as well. This is the first time a mobile poll has been set up at the university and Kamloops Vote 50 members are on site handing out information sheets and encouraging students to take advantage of having the advance polling station on site. Organizer Will George says there has been a constant lineup at the polling station and he has high hopes for voter turnout at the school.

The Vote 50 campaign is hoping to see a 50 per cent voter turnout in the election. In 2011 only 29 per cent of eligible voters (19,442 of 65,332) cast their ballot. After the first two advance voting days voter turnout was up nearly 85 per cent. If the overall trend continues at the university and on Saturday we could get close to the 50 per cent goal.

The final voting day will take place Saturday, Nov. 15 at 17 different polling stations around the city.

Kamloops will elect one mayor, eight city councillors and five school trustees. Results will begin coming in after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

Credit: City of Kamloops
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