Almost 20% of registered voters have already cast their vote in the upcoming BC provincial election, thanks to advance voting across the province.
The latest Elections BC figures show 3,156,991 people are registered to vote, and during advance voting, a massive 614,389 have already done so.
That’s more than one and a half times the 366,558 people who took advantage of advance voting in the last provincial election in 2013.
However, so few people actually turned out to vote on election day itself back in 2013, that those advance voters ended up representing 20% of the overall vote.
Comparisons with 2013 turnout
In 2013, only 1,813,912 of the then 3,176,455 registered voters actually cast their ballot in total, or 55.32% of all registered voters across BC.
That year the BC Liberals won a majority government with 795,274 votes, which due to the low turnout, therefore represented just 25% of registered voters.
Meanwhile, the BC NDP became the Opposition with 715,855 votes, or 22.5% of registered voters.
And the BC Greens won one seat in Victoria based on 146,685 votes, or 4.6% of registered voters.
To find more guides to all the issues, interviews with the BC party leaders, and plenty of opinions, check out our full BC Election coverage here: Battleground BC.
- Op-Ed: Why BC Greens matter this election, by Andrew Weaver
- Op-Ed: This is why you should vote for the BC NDP, by John Horgan
- Op-Ed: This is why you should vote for the BC Liberals, by Christy Clark
- Everything to read before you vote in the BC election
- Everything you need to know to vote in the 2017 BC Election