The City of Vancouver has reported a 98 per cent increase in advance voting for this week’s civic election, setting a record for the municipality with the country’s lowest voter turnout.
Record turnout in 2014 Vancouver advance vote: 38,556 votes, 98% more than 2011 #vanelxn advance polls. Keep it up for Election Day, Nov 15!
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) November 13, 2014
With eight days, eight locations, and polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., voters had greater accessibility to advance polls this year. In 2011, there were only five locations open over four days.
In total, 38,556 people cast their vote during the advance-voting period, compared to only 19,484 in 2011.
For those who haven’t voted yet, there will be 120 polling stations open on election day this Saturday, and voters will have the opportunity vote at any location no matter where they live.
Statistics for the other municipalities across Metro Vancouver were not readily available.
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