It appears that more people voted in the 2017 provincial election than in the most recent provincial election.
Elections BC says based on preliminary figures, an estimated 52.5 per cent of registered voters voted in the 2020 provincial election.
That’s down roughly 9.3 per cent from the previous provincial election in 2017, where voter turnout was 61.18 per cent. It’s also the lowest voter turnout since 1928.
Elections BC says the 2020 voter turnout figures preliminary figures are based on a range of factors that include the number of voters who voted during advance voting and the number of people who voted on election day at their assigned voting place.
According to Elections BC, a total of 670,324 people voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on election day at their assigned voting place.
Approximately 525,000 mail-in ballots have been received by Elections BC, however, that figure does not include mail-in ballots returned by voters in-person before the Oct. 24 deadline.
Furthermore, an estimated 85,000 certification envelopes containing absentee ballots will be “considered for final count,” says Elections BC.
As a result, Elections BC says the preliminary estimate of voter turnout will likely increase when mail-in ballots dropped off in person are “accounted for.”
There were 3,485,858 registered voters in British Columbia by Sept. 26, according to Elections BC.
In the 2017 provincial election, there were 3,246,647 registered voters in B.C.
With files from The Canadian Press