Elections BC estimates higher voter turnout, still a historic low for B.C.

VICTORIA — Elections BC has revised its estimated voter turnout for the provincial election in October, but the increased figure is still a historic low for the province.

While final figures won't be known until post-election processing has been completed, Elections BC says more than 1.9 million voters cast their ballots.

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The agency has increased its estimated turnout rate from 52.4 per cent to 54.5 per cent.

Despite that, it would still be a new low: statistics from Elections BC going back to 1928 show the lowest voter turnout was 55.14 per cent during the 2009 election.

Elections BC says 724,279 voters requested vote-by-mail packages and more people cast their ballots in advanced polls and by mail than those who voted on election day, driven largely by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preliminary data released by Elections BC shows voting on election day accounted for 28.8 per cent of the vote, compared to nearly two-thirds in 2017.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2020.

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