Steady flow of voters in Lake Country

More than 22 per cent of eligible residents have cast ballots in referendum

Democracy is alive and well in Lake Country.

The fourth of five advance polls for the rail corridor referendum was held Monday,  bringing the total ballots cast so far to 2,080 or 22.33 per cent of eligible voters.

“It’s fantastic ,” said Reyna Seabrook, chief election officer.

Residents are being asked to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the rail corridor within the municipality. If acquired, it would be part of a larger acquisition of the discontinued Canadian National line from Kelowna to Coldstream.

Results for the final advance poll Tuesday were not known at press time.

The response so far to the referendum is in sharp contrast to Lake Country’s municipal election in 2014.

During the November vote, 2,223 people cast ballots for mayor and council, for a turnout of 24 per cent among the 9,315 estimated voters.

On general referendum day, Saturday polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at George Elliot Secondary School, Community Gym.

“It will be interesting to see what happens Saturday,” said Seabrook.

“Will we beat our record of 43 per cent turnout in the 1996 civic election? That would be amazing.”

Seabrook says it’s gratifying to see so many residents involved in the democratic process and taking an active part in their community.

“Regardless of the result, the number of people coming out is great,” she said.