Penticton byelection voter turnout unusually high so far

Voter turnout high so far

Penticton's city council byelection has already seen unusually high interest after advanced voting got underway Wednesday.

The first day, one of three chances for Pentictonites to get out and vote to fill an empty council seat, saw 737 people cast their ballots.

As a comparison, during the most recent general election, 1,001 voters showed up on the first advanced voting day.

"And that's for choosing six councillors and the mayor so it usually draws more of the community out because you're replacing an entire council. This is just to replace one, so it was great to see that there was such an interest," said Angie Collison, chief election officer for Penticton.

Collison said the inclusion of a community question on the ballot about the future of the Skaha Lake Marina was anticipated to drum up more interest. Byelections are typically low on turnout.

"We anticipated the crowds, but the room setup was great it all ran smoothly, no wait times. Everyone was super polite and friendly and guided by all of the COVID safety protocols that we had in place so had all run really well," Collison said.

More early voting opportunities will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 16 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and general voting will take place on June 19 fro 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at both the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and the Seniors Drop In Centre.

Find out more about the 10 candidates seeking your vote, click here.

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