Record-breaking turnout for advance voting in Nanaimo

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
October 18, 2018 - 9:55am Updated: October 18, 2018 - 11:13am

Line-ups were often long at Bowen Park as voters have their say early ahead of general voting day Saturday for civic elections.Holly Tribble

NANAIMO— Many people in Nanaimo couldn't resist the urge to vote for this year's civic elections.

The City reported more than 5,000 people voted during two days of advanced voting opportunities, which featured lineups outside the Bowen Park Auditorium throughout both Wednesday Oct. 10 and 17 .

The record-breaking advanced voter turnout in Nanaimo far exceeded the 2,262 votes cast during advanced voting in the 2014 municipal election in Nanaimo.

More than 22,000 people voted in the local election in 2014 in Nanaimo, which accounted for 34.1 per cent of eligible voters.

General voting day is Saturday, Oct. 20 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 12 locations throughout Nanaimo. Protection Islanders can place their votes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

NanaimoNewsNOW will have comprehensive coverage of the election results, including analysis and interviews from the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Saturday evening. A NanaimoNewsNOW Facebook Live feed will begin after the polls close at 8 p.m., which will include a real-time view of results as they come in and interviews with members of Nanaimo's next municipal council.

Local government elections in the Nanaimo area involve the formation of municipal council's in Nanaimo, Lantzville, the Regional District of Nanaimo, Islands Trust on Gabriola Island and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustees.


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