More than 16,000 votes were cast during advanced polls in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies ahead of next week’s federal election.
There were 16,214 ballots cast from Sept. 10 to 13, according to preliminary numbers from Elections Canada, up 5% from the 15,431 advanced ballots cast in the 2019 election.
Advanced turnout in the riding has grown consistently and considerably over the last several federal elections. In 2011, just 5,070 voters cast their ballots in advance. In 2015, there were 10,878 votes cast ahead of the general election.
Across the country, 5.78 million people voted in advance this year, up 18.46% from 2019, when just 4.87 million did so.
There are 79,455 electors on the list in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies this year.
Seven candidates are running in this year’s election, including Bob Zimmer (Conservative), Dave Jeffers (Maverick), Cory Grizz Longley (NDP), Catharine Kendall (Greens), Ryan Dyck (People’s Party), Amir Alavi (Liberal), and Phil Hewkin (Canada’s Fourth Front).
Candidates will take part in an All Candidates Forum in Fort St. John tonight, Sept. 15.
The forum will be broadcast live on Facebook starting at 7 p.m. through the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Highway News, CJDC-TV, and EnergeticCity.ca pages.
Residents can submit their questions in advance by visiting https://pigeonhole.at/2021FORUM and can also submit their questions through Pigeonhole during the forum.
General voting day is Monday, Sept. 20.