Peachland has highest voter turnout for the past decade in Central Okanagan

Peachland has highest voter turnout for the past decade in Central Okanagan

Peachland had a voter turnout of 42 per cent in the last municipal election

Peachlanders really like to vote. In fact, numbers show more of them are likely to hit up polling stations compared to the rest of the Central Okanagan.

The last municipal election in 2014 saw nearly half of district’s residents drop off their ballots, as 42 per cent of district’s 4,300 residents (at the time) voted.

The district also maintains the highest voting record in the past decade, with 38 per cent in 2011 and 46 per cent in 2008.

Lake Country, the Central Okanagan’s next smallest community with 13,000 people, had 25 per cent in 2011. Kelowna also had a poor turnout with 32 per cent in 2011, as did West Kelowna with 30 per cent.

Turnout to the last municipal elections across B.C. averaged 33 per cent.

Don Wilson, with the Peachland museum, was a Peachland councillor for 19 years. He gave a few theories as to why Peachlanders like to vote, compared to the rest of the Central Okanagan.

READ MORE: 6 people hope to be Peachland’s next mayor

More people at a retirement age means more time to weigh in on issues in the community, whereas young families may not have the time, he said. About half of Peachland’s population is 55 or older, according to census data.

Kelowna’s population of 127,000 has about 44,400 residents who are 55 or older, Lake Country has roughly 4,000 of 13,000 and West Kelowna has about 11,600 residents who are 55 or older in its population of 32,600, according to the census.

The community also keeps council’s noses to the grindstone, Wilson said.

“I think Peachland people are quite interested in what’s going on in the community and when there’s a public meeting going on, there’s usually a very good turnout. People are aware of the issues and they get very polarized.”

“If you do something in town and people don’t like it you’ll hear it right away,” Wilson said. “One of the big issues to hit Peachland in the past year has been the five storey rezoning on Beach Avenue and that got a lot of people involved and there’s a lot of controversy over it.”

A lot of people believe after a certain amount of time council’s not listening to them, but you see that in federal and provincial politics as well, Wilson said.

“They think that change is better than trying to keep the old people in,” he said.

Six candidates are also vying to be the district’s mayor, making it the largest mayoral race in the Central Okanagan. Lake Country and West Kelowna have two candidates and Kelowna has four.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

(CIty of Kelowna)
Kelowna council shoots down Upper Mission subdivision after 8 years of planning

Thomson Flats would have introduced 680 new homes near Kelowna’s southern boundary

Ice rescue on Shannon Lake. Phil McLachlan, Kelowna Capital News.
‘Ice season is over’; West Kelowna crews rescue man from icy lake

A man in his 60’s was pulled from the waters of Shannon Lake after falling through

HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)
Non-profit hosts virtual gala to support Okanagan’s vulnerable

HOPE Okanagan wants to raise awareness and support for those struggling in the streets

Summerhill Pyramid Winery. (Contributed)
Fear of ‘hotel in a vineyard’ prompts Kelowna council to defer culinary school decision

City council needs assurance the educational facility proposed at Summerhill Winery will be used as stated

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

Canadian Mental Health Association staff and volunteers experienced increased Crisis Line calls with COVID-related concerns. (CMHA photo)
North Okanagan MP pushes for national suicide hotline

Mel Arnold seeks support from North Okanagan-Shuswap municipalities for 988 hotline

Okanagan College
Okanagan College holds March Madness fundraiser

Money from the fundraiser will go to support the Okanagan College Foundation

Penticton city council has unanimously shot down an application from BC Housing to keep a shelter for people experiencing homelessness open for an additional year. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton council denies extension of cold weather shelter

The Victory Church shelter will now be told to cease operations April 1

(Black Press file photo)
Penticton man arrested while sleeping in stolen vehicle, again

30-year-old Penticton resident Shane Pope is well-known to police

A town was constructed on the side of a mountain top in Hedley to extract 7.1 tonnes of gold. (Mascotmine.com photo)
Hedley’s Mascot Mine gets $800,000 lift from COVID relief program

Grant will enable the historic mine to open again for tourists

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

Vancouver and Victoria both have a MySafe machine to help reduce overdoses

Most Read