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Kelowna sees boost in early voter turn-out

May 13, 2013 - 4:25 PM

Whether it be hot-button issues like the B.C. Harmonized Sales Tax, oil pipeline projects or the financial deficit, early voter participation in Kelowna is up from the last provincial election.

Tomorrow people throughout the province will hit the polls to cast their vote in the 40th provincial election. Those eager to get their votes in early already crossed off their ballots last week, during the four-day advanced polling.

Early voter turn-out numbers posted today by Elections B.C. indicate a 42 per cent boost in participation for Kelowna-Lake Country, a 23 per cent increase for the Westside-Kelowna riding and a 19 per cent increase in Kelowna-Mission.

Wednesday May 8 was the opening day for advanced polling and proved most popular with local voters, with votes tapering off by Friday. Saturday marked the last day of advanced polling and also saw a slight increase from weekend voters.

Kelowna-Lake Country had the largest turnout, with Kelowna-Mission coming second. The Westside riding saw the least amount of votes despite having the largest body of registered voters:

Kelowna-Mission: 5,153 out of 44,671 registered voters (4,319 in 2009).
Kelowna-Lake Country:  5,573 out of 44,610 registered voters (3,935 in 2009).
Westside-Kelowna: 4,649 out of 44,830 registered voters (3,777 in 2009).
Advance polling numbers are posted for all ridings in the province.

Find the voting station nearest you to make your decision tomorrow May 14.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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