Election 2015: Polls packed

Advanced voting numbers nearly double in North Okanagan-Shuswap riding, and across Canada

  • Oct. 14, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Advanced polls were packed across Canada over the long weekend, including the North Okanagan-Shuswap.

Numbers for the four advance voting days in the federal election show some 3.6 million electors voted. The North Okanagan-Shuswap riding saw 16,213, nearly double the 8,240 advance voting ballots cast in the last federal election.

Overall, the Canadian total is a 71 per cent increase from the 2,100,855 electors who voted in advance in the 2011 general election. This increase was due in part to an additional advance voting day on Sunday, offered for the first time.

“Many Canadians chose to vote at advance polls in this election,” said Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand. “Having four polling days provided greater flexibility and convenience for voters.”

In B.C., 507,920 residents cast their vote over the weekend, up from 259,278 in the 41st general election advance voting numbers.

Over 850,000 Canadians voted on Friday and over 1.2 million on Monday, representing the two busiest days of advance voting ever.