Advance voting turnout increases in Burnaby

(BURNABY, MAY 10, 2013) Advance voting in the 40th General election in British Columbia started on the morning of May 8th. Numbers released by Elections BC the following day indicate that the number of Burnaby voters heading to the polls early to cast their vote has increased since the 2009 election.

Burnaby is divided into four ridings: Burnaby-Deer Lake; Burnaby-Lougheed; Burnaby-Edmonds; and North Burnaby. According to the document released by Elections BC, 3,566 people voted in the Burnaby ridings the first day of advance polling. This is over 500 people more than the first advanced polling day voter turnout in the 2009 general election, which saw 3027 hit the polls.

This is proportional to the increase of the number of registered voters in the area. Some ridings saw an increase of as many as 3000 people.

Elections BC spokesperson Don Main says that many British Columbians choose to vote in advance to avoid the general election day rush.

“All advance voting locations are wheelchair-accessible, so we do find that some people think that general voting day might be a busier day, and it’s a little quieter as you go to advance voting,” Main said. “But really, advance voting is for all British Columbians at any advance voting location around the province.”

Advance voting continues until the evening of May 11th. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voter turnout results from each day will be available the following day on the Elections BC website. The general election day is scheduled for May 14th, 2013. Primary election results will be reported on the website as they become available after 8 p.m. on election day.

This article was originally published on the BCIT News website.