More than half a million voters cast ballot in advance polls in B.C.

More than half a million voters cast ballot in advance polls in B.C.
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WATCH: One day of campaigning remains before election day. But new numbers show more than 600,000 people have already made their vote. Isabelle Raghem has more. 

For more than half a million British Columbians voted in early polls.

According to new numbers by Elections B.C. revealed Sunday afternoon, 614,389 votes were made at advance polling stations across B.C. since April 29th. 

That number much more than the 2013 election when there were 366,558 advance votes, and more than double the 290,220 votes in 2009.

The largest turnout this year was on Saturday May 6th, with over 126,000 votes.

Despite a record breaking turnout, UVic Political Science Professor Michael Prince says there remains a large number of undecided vote. 

 

“We know from past studies and past elections that for a lot of people it’s that last 24-hours. It might be as they approach the voting station and at that moment they decide. I think the parties know that and they’re going to hustle to get their vote out, trying to get their message out so they’re going to work hard until the very end,” says Prince. 

He says that means it’ll be a sprint to the finish line for party leaders. 

“It’s not over until it’s over and with a lot of the polls suggesting it’s a tight race certainly between the two parties overall and on Vancouver island we have some tight two way and three way races, they’re not going to take it for granted,” adds Prince, “I think Monday is going to be a busy day campaigning.”

Les Leyne, Political Columnist at the Times Colonist, says the strong presence of the Green Party has made for a dynamic election. 

“This time around Andrew Weaver has more presence, higher in the polls than they normally are,” says Leyne “One or two [parties] it’s binary, there’s a winner and a loser. This time with minorities and what not, there’s probably six different potential scenarios that could play out on Tuesday night.”

British Columbians will find out who will lead the province for the next four years on Tuesday night. 

Chek will have special live election coverage Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. 

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