Increased turnout at advance polls

Higher than previous year, but not a record

Dan FERGUSON/2011-11-07 Shirley McLelland files her ballot in the electronic scanner at a Langley City advance poll Tuesday afternoon at Timms Community Centre. Deputy Chief Returning Officer Paula Kusack (R) can be seen in the background assisting voter Kathleen Werner (L).

The number of people voting in Langley advance polls is up from last year.

It’s up by a lot in the Township, not so much in the City.

In both cases, the indications from the early bird vote suggest turnout on election day will be higher than the previous municipal contest, but not a record for either community.

Figures provided to The Times Tuesday show advance turnout was up about 20 per cent in the Township, with about 700 votes cast so far.

It’s believed that some of that increase is because this was the first election the township has ever mailed out voter registration cards to residents, something that often nudges people into voting.

The Township total turnout is expected to reach 18,000 people, less than the record of 20,000 set in 1999.

In Langley City, there is no official forecast, but the total is expected to be less than the record of 4,000 votes cast, which was set in 1996.

So far, 384 city residents have cast ballots in advance polls, up eight per cent from the previous election.

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