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Interest on first day civic election advance polls same as 2011

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November 06, 2014 - 11:26 AM

KELOWNA – More than 1,500 people took to the polls on the first of four advance voting days in the Kelowna civic election Wednesday and early numbers indicate interest in the 2014 election is roughly similar to 2011.

While total advanced voter turnout on the first day is significantly lower this year –  2,063 compared with 1,536 – there were fewer locations to choose from.

In 2011 there were two advanced voting stations, Parkinson Rec Centre and Okanagan College. This year only the Rec Centre was available to early voters on the first day.

“The big jump was from 2008 to 2011,” City clerk Stephen Fleming says. “Almost a thousand more people voted compared to the previous first day. If you compare last year with this year, it’s almost the same number of people who voted at (Parkinson Rec Centre.)"

The next advanced voting opportunities are Nov. 12 at Parkinson Rec Centre, City Hall and UBCO, Nov. 13 at City Hall and OKC and Nov. 14 at City Hall and Parkinson.

General voting takes place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 13 voting stations around the city.

For a complete list of polling stations and identification required visit the City of Kelowna election site.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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