British Columbia

Elections BC says 61.5 % of registered voters cast ballots this election

Whatever the final result of the May 2017 provincial election, it's already known that turnout was up.

It's the highest percentage of registered voters since 2005; total turnout won't be known until August

Advanced poll at Vancouver Community College. (David Horemans/CBC)

Whatever the final result of the May 2017 provincial election, it's already known that voter turnout was up. 

Elections BC updated its preliminary voter turnout estimate on Thursday, announcing that approximately 61.5 per cent of "registered" voters cast ballots this election. 

That's the highest amount since 2005, when 62.36 per cent of registered voters participated.

Only 57.1 per cent of registered voters turned out for the last provincial election in 2013. 

What's yet to be known is the total percentage of "eligible" voters who cast ballots — though if the gap between eligible and registered voters is around the same as 2013, it will result in approximately 58 to 60 per cent total turnout. 

"The number of registered voters on May 9 will be confirmed after Elections BC has processed all voter registration transactions that occurred during the election period," said Elections BC in a statement. 

"Typically this figure is available in late August after a general election." 

After being at 57.1 per cent in 2013, an estimated 61.5 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2017 provincial election. (Elections BC)

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