Voters line up at the community centre to cast their ballots Tuesday morning.

Polls busy on election day in Revelstoke

A steady stream of voters made their way to the Revelstoke Community Centre to vote on Tuesday.

A steady stream of voters made their way to the Revelstoke Community Centre to vote on Tuesday morning.

Polls in the 40th B.C. General Election opened at the community centre at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. They will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.

Voters showed up to cast their ballot for one of four candidates – Norm Macdonald of the NDP, Doug Clovechok of the Liberal Party, Earl Olsen of the Conservative Party, or Laurel Ralston of the Green Party.

To vote, bring your yellow voting card and a piece of ID. If you did not receive a voter registration card, proof of address is required.

With advance polls open for four days and a push by political parties to use them, turnout by early voters jumped 28 per cent for today’s election, compared to the 2009 B.C. election.

But that election ended up with an all-time low turnout of only 51 per cent of eligible voters, confirming a trend in other jurisdictions that heavy advance voting does not indicate increased voter interest.

Elections BC reports that 380,741 votes were cast in advance polls at the 85 constituencies around B.C. That’s about 12 per cent of the more than three million people eligible to vote in the province.

Heaviest turnouts were reported in Comox Valley, Vernon-Monashee, Penticton, Saanich North and the Islands, Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Parksville-Qualicum.

Elections BC also provides for absentee voting, where any eligible voter can vote at any polling location by writing the name of their preferred candidate on a blank ballot.

Voting by mail is also an option, with voting packages available up to 4 p.m. on election day. They must be returned to a district electoral office by 8 p.m. in order to be counted.

With files from Tom Fletcher/Black Press

 

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