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Canada These 10 ridings saw the highest advance voting turnout in B.C.

04:15  22 october  2019
04:15  22 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Advance voter turnout in this year’s election broke records however, as 614,389 people cast their ballots in advance of the May 9 election day READ MORE: B . C . election 2017: Recounts likely in these ridings due to very close results. But at this point it appears the higher advance turnout did

Turnout was at a 25-year high , boosted by young people and BME voters . Turnout among BME voters also increased six points. Of those who went out to vote , but did not vote in the 2015 general election or the EU referendum, most voted for Labour.

a pole that has a sign on the side of a road: Advance voting signs for the Canadian federal election are seen at a school in East Vancouver on Oct. 11, 2019. A record number of British Columbians cast early ballots this year.© Simon Little / Global News Advance voting signs for the Canadian federal election are seen at a school in East Vancouver on Oct. 11, 2019. A record number of British Columbians cast early ballots this year.

It will be some time before we know how many British Columbians turn out to vote in the 2019 election, but residents turned out in droves to take advantage of advanced polls this year.

According to Elections Canada, nationwide 4.7 million people turned out to cast an early ballot, a 29 per cent increase from 2015.

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In B.C., 689,690 British Columbians cast an early ballot this year, up 31.3 per cent from 2015.

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+ B . C .’s advance voter turnout came just shy of reaching its highest mark going back two decades on Wednesday — and there are still three early voting At 6,413 voters , the riding of Courtenay-Comox has seen the strongest advance turnout so far in this election, followed by battleground riding

But that boost wasn't universal across the province: some districts saw a surge in turnout, while one actually saw fewer early voters.

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These are the 10 B.C. ridings that saw the highest advance vote turnout in 2019.

Vancouver Island led advance turnout, including four of the five top ridings for early voting. Those four districts are being targeted by both the Green Party and the NDP, who are locked in a tight battle for control of the island.

Those ridings didn't necessarily see the biggest jump in turnout, however.

When compared to early voting turnout from 2015, Chilliwack saw the biggest jump, at 65 per cent. Langley—Aldergrove saw a 59 per cent jump in early voters, while Nanaimo—Ladysmith, South Surrey—White Rock and Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge all saw a jump of 56 per cent.

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But strong advance turnout doesn’t always translate to high voter turnout in the election. Esquimalt-Metchosin was the riding that saw the most advanced voters , with just over 29 per cent of registered voters casting their ballot in advance .

Advance voter turnout has seen a 29 percent larger turnout than numbers recorded at the same time during the 2015 federal election, says Elections Canada. The figures show that roughly 4.7 million Canadians checked their ballots nationwide over the weekend.

Courtenay—Alberni actually saw two per cent fewer advance voters this year than in 2015. North Island—Powell River (16 per cent), Vancouver Quadra (9.3 per cent), Vancouver Kingsway (8.6 per cent), and Skeeny—Bulkley Valley (3.3 per cent) rounded out the bottom five.

While advance voting numbers were up in almost every single district, experts have cautioned that it may not translate into an increase in overall turnout.

In a previous interview with Global News, Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrel Bricker noted that advance voting numbers have been climbing for some time.

“In 2006, about 10 per cent of us voted early. In 2015, it was up to 20 per cent of us voting early,” he said. “It’s just been a general trend. I don’t know that it’s necessarily specifically related to this campaign.”

The ridings that had the lowest, highest voter turnout in the 2019 election .
Global News looks like at the five ridings that experienced the highest voter turnout nationally in the 2019 federal election and the five ridings that saw the lowest.Two Ottawa-area ridings were among those with the highest voter turnout in the federal election, while two ridings in Manitoba were among the lowest, according to early results published by Elections Canada, which do not include electors who registered on election day.

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