Turnout described as heavy in Kelowna civic election

Lines at most polling stations during the day; extra staff called in.

Voter turnout was described as heavy at all civic election polling locations in Kelowna Saturday.

City clerk Stephen Fleming, speaking at the new polling location in Orchard Park Mall where there were lines most of the day, said the strong turnout even prompted election officials to call in extra people to man some Kelowna polling locations, the first time that has been done in recent memory during a civic election in the city.

Fleming said during the four days of advance polling, far more ballots had been cast than in previous civic advance polls. On Saturday, as of 2 p.m. the city said more than 12,000 had voted. When added to the advance poll numbers, more than 18,000 ballots had been cast. The number of votes cast in the advance poll was equivalent to about seven per cent of eligible voters, said Fleming.

The city is hoping its push to bring out more voters this year than the 19.4 per cent who showed up to cast ballots in the 2008 will substantially increase the turnout.

For this election, the city added two extra days of advance polls, a polling station in Orchard Park Shopping Centre, one at the Family Y in Rutland and polls at UBCO.

Polls close at 8 p.m. at all locations except Orchard Park, where the voting location closes at 6 p.m., when the mall closes.

Anyone in line to vote when the deadline passes will be allowed to cast a ballot, said Fleming.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Witnesses for Westside Road crash sought

The RCMP appeal for witnesses to come forward as they continue to investigate

Sexual assault case against Peachland man nears conclusion

Crown nearing end of case for Peachland man accused of sexually assaulting two women while the slept

Kelowna pot dispensary lawyer advising client to shut down

Lawyer says dispensaries are currently ‘100 per cent illegal’

Kelowna cop finds stolen tires

Officer stumbles across tires while searching for a suspect in unrelated case

New development in missing plane near Revelstoke

The family of Ashley Bourgeault believe they have found a new clue

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

Police fear fewer fentanyl imports don’t signal the end of the overdose crisis

RCMP say it’s just as likely that criminal are getting more clever

UPDATE: Two people die in ATV accident south of Campbell River

Third person survived attempt to cross a creek

Letter: Peachland is a beautiful town but it needs to grow

Upcoming public hearing surrounding Peachland’s OCP is drawing attention

Lawyers slam ‘de facto expulsion’ of student guilty of sexual interference

Calgary student guilty of sexual assault of a minor allowed to finish semester

B.C. NDP set to restructure union bargaining

School trustees to regain control over employer group

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

Most Read