Good turn out in Castlegar and Trail for early polls
Advanced polling numbers in both Trail and Castlegar indicate a better turn out than either city has seen in previous years.
Castlegar’s advanced polling was held on Nov. 4 and 5, and city manager John Malcolm says 389 people showed up to cast an early ballot, as compared to 216 in the byelection in September of 2013. Malcolm said this may be attributed to the fact that people no longer need a valid reason or justification for voting early.
Meanwhile, in Trail, advanced voting was Nov. 5, then again today (Nov. 12), but even just the numbers from Nov. 5 would indicate enthusiastic voter turn-out.
Chief Electoral Officer Michelle McIsaac said the one day saw 605 ballots cast, as compared to just 481 during both days of advance polling in the 2011 election, whereas 951 showed up for advance voting in the referendum.
The general election will be held on Nov. 15 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Most candidates have indicated they’ll help provide rides for anyone having difficulty making it to the polls.