Advance turnout spikes 70 per cent in B.C. election as voters flock to polls
A Liberal staffer tries to block photographera from seeing B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark and candidate Amrik Virk walk past NDP leader John Horgan signs as they make a campaign stop in Surrey, B.C., Sunday, May 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, May 7, 2017 9:34PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, May 7, 2017 9:51PM EDT
VANCOUVER -- Elections B.C. says the number of people who turned out to vote ahead of election day this year is 70 per cent higher than last time.
Between 2013 and 2017, voter turnout jumped seven points, from 12 per cent of all registered voters to 19 per cent.
The total turnout for six days of advance polls this year was about 614,000 out of a total of about 3,150,000 registered voters.
Last election, about 360,000 people voted early, though advance polls were only open for four days.
Election day is on Tuesday.