Turnout noticeable for early voters

In what civic election officials hope will be an omen of what’s to come Nov. 19.

In what civic election officials hope will be an omen of what’s to come Nov. 19, the first day of advance voting in Kelowna has been described as a good turnout by civic officials.

A total of 2,063 votes were cast Wednesday by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m.

“There was a very steady flow of people throughout the day,” said chief electoral officer Karen Needham.

“We were pleased with the turnout, and remind everyone that there are three more advanced voting days next week, ahead of general election day, Saturday, Nov. 19. Residents can pick the place and voting day of their choice as polling stations located across the city are open to all eligible voters.”

On Wednesday, the advance poll at the Parkinson Recreation Centre had 1,536 votes cast, while Okanagan College had 527.

Next  Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna City Hall and the UBC Okanagan campus will offer voters three locations for more advanced voting opportunities.

All advanced voting polling stations will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

While the first day of advance voting saw strong numbers in Kelonwa, in West Kelonwa the numbers were smaller, say municipal officials.

The first day of advance voting in West Kelowna saw 387 ballots cast at the District of West Kelowna office poll.

For the regional disitrict’s Central Okanagan East electoral area, 45 people cast ballots on the first day of advance voting (up from 42 on the same day in 2008), while 53 people voted in the first Central Okanagan West electoral area  advance poll (down from the 59 who voted on the same day in  2008).

In addition to voting for a regional director, Central Okanagan West, Peachland and Westbank First Nation residents can also vote for the area’s board of education trustee.

Like Kelowna, another advance poll will be held next week for regional district voters, that one Tuesday, Nov. 15, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In Central Okanagan East, advance voting will be available at the Ellison Heritage School Community Hall (4411 Old Vernon Rd.) and Joe Rich Community Hall (11481 Highway 33 east).

In Central Okanagan West voters will be able to cast  advance votes at the District of West Kelowna Community Portable (2760 Cameron Rd.) and at the Killiney Beach Community Hall (514 Udell Rd. in Killiney Beach).

Qualified voters in the North Westside Fire Protection District service will also  vote on a referendum question regarding funding, operation and maintenance of the Killiney Beach Community Hall.

The deadline for applying for a mail-in ballot is Thursday, Nov.17.