Record number of voters at advance polls
With election day Monday looming, a record has been set for the number of people voting at advance polls.
According to Elections Saskatchewan, 66,602 people voted in five days of advance polling that began Tuesday and ended Saturday.
That's 34 per cent more than the 49,572 who voted in advance polls four years ago.
Election officials were delighted by the advance poll numbers, which represented about 10 per cent of eligible voters.
However, it's not clear what that means about overall voter turnout.
Advance polling turnout was up by about 175,000 voters in Ontario's recent election, but when all the votes were counted, the overall turnout was about 49 per cent — the lowest in history.
"We really don't know what to expect on Monday," said Elections Saskatchewan spokesperson Daniel Bogdon.
In 2007, 76 per cent of eligible Saskatchewan voters made it to the advance, special and regular polls.
Regular voting begins Monday at 9 a.m. CST. Polls close at 8 p.m.