Voters head into a Vernon polling station Saturday.

Voter turnout extremely low in North Okanagan

In Vernon, 9,644 people, or 30 per cent, voted out of 32,045 eligible voters.

Most North Okanagan residents ignored the democratic process Saturday.

Voter turnout was extremely low in all communities during civic elections.

In Vernon, 9,644 people, or 30 per cent, voted out of 32,045 eligible voters.

“Thirty per cent is about average if you look at the rest of the Okanagan communities,” said Patti Bridal,” Vernon’s director of corporate services.

“Of course, as the chief election officer, we would love to see a larger turnout, but as long as we can maintain 30 per cent, I am satisfied.”

The highest voter response in the region Saturday was 39 per cent in Enderby.

“Ideally, I always hope for 100 per cent but when you look at the 39 per cent compared to previous elections, I am very pleased,” said Tate Bengtson, Enderby’s chief administrative officer.

“I was pleased to see a lot of first-time voters and  hope this positive trend will continue in future elections.”

In Coldstream, voter turnout went from 32.5 per cent in 2011 to 30 per cent this year (the number of eligible voters has increased during that time).

“It’s slightly lower than we expected but we’re still pleased,” said Keri-Ann Austin,  Coldstream’s director of corporate administration.

Saturday’s voter turnout was 30 per cent in Armstrong while it was 29 per cent in Spallumcheen and 24 per cent in Lake Country.

In Area D (rural Lumby), voter turnout was 28 per cent, while it was 16 per cent in Area F (rural Enderby).



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