Preliminary Voter Turnout Higher than Originally Estimated
Victoria, B.C. – 61.5 per cent.
Elections BC estimates that was voter turnout for last month’s provincial election.
The figure is based on the estimated number of registered voters on May 9 and the number of valid votes and rejected ballots cast at all voting opportunities. Voter turnout was originally estimated at 60 per cent.
Now that final count is complete, Elections BC says that 1,985,523 British Columbians voted in the election, an increase of 171,611 from the 1,813,912 who voted in the 2013 provincial election.
In that election, voter turnout was 57.1 per cent of registered voters.
Final voter turnout figures for this year’s election will be available in late August after Elections BC has processed all voter registration transactions that occurred during the election period.
While the 61.5 per cent turnout was higher than in 2013, it was well below the 77.66 per cent of registered voters who cast ballots in the 1983 election. That total is the highest over the past nine provincial elections.
Graph courtesy Elections BC