Wayne Salmon, here with grandson Beckett, was one of more than 1,500 Saanich residents, who cast their ballots in advanced voting Wednesday. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

Early election opportunity attracts Vancouver Island voters

Advance voting in Saanich tops 1,500 on first day

Figures from the District of Saanich show 1,541 Saanich residents availed themselves of the first advanced voting opportunity Wednesday at Saanich’s municipal hall as well as Camosun College, Interurban Campus, as the 2018 municipal election campaign approaches its climax.

RELATED: Advance voting numbers on the rise in Greater Victoria

The first advance voting opportunity in 2014 drew 2,223 voters. But yesterday’s advance voting was the first of three advance voting opportunities. Saanich offered two advanced opportunities in 2014.

Saanich residents can also cast early ballots Oct. 15 at municipal hall and Saanich Commonwealth Place (8 a.m-8 p.m.), and Oct. 17 at Gordon Head Recreation Centre (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and the University of Victoria (8 a.m.-6 p.m.).

Figures from Wednesday appear to confirm a growing phenomenon: more and more residents cast their ballots early.

In 2011, more than 1,200 Saanich voters marked their ballot during advance voting. In 2014 that number doubled, and the first turnout figures suggest the numbers will continue to rise.

RELATED: Advance voting begins Oct. 10 in Greater Victoria

Figures from elsewhere suggest a similiar picture.

In the City of Victoria, 1,584 residents voted early at city hall and Camosun College, Interurban Campus, up from 1,033 for the same period four years ago, with the proviso that Victoria held advanced voting at only one location, City Hall.

In Oak Bay, 775 residents cast their ballots yesterday, while 303 Langford residents voted early.

A complete list of advance voting locations can be found on your local Black Press website.

Voters across British Columbia including the Greater Victoria region will elect new mayors, councillors and school trustees Saturday, Oct. 20.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Child hit and killed in driveway in Cobble Hill

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Campers hailed heroes in rock face rescue at Cowichan Provincial Park

The campers quickly noticed the man in distress and jumped into the river to swim across.

Mid-Island tracking toward driest June on record

Predictions for rain this week could bring temporary relief

Overpass, barrier, more parking considered for Cathedral Grove

Provincial government proceeding ‘with caution’

‘Danger Cat’ in medically-induced coma after serious dirt bike incident

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $3,000 for Campbell River man by Monday afternoon

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’ by authorities in Campbell River

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Team effort rescues injured mountain biker in Cumberland

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, the Cumberland Fire Department and BC… Continue reading

West Shore RCMP bust drug lab after fire caused by production of cannabis shatter

View Royal lab near parks and children’s playgrounds, evidence of children in home

Island Health issues safer drug-use tips ahead of music festival season

Health authority aims to reduce overdose risks at festivals

Man appealing conviction for drive-by shooting attempt in Nanaimo

Armaan Singh Chandi was sentenced to nine years in jail in B.C. Supreme Court last month

Sailing cancellations as Baynes Sound Connector set to undergo maintenance

Denman Island ferry out of service Wednesday night

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Most Read