British Columbia

Transit referendum: Voter turnout just shy of 45%

With just a few days left before a May 29 deadline, new Elections BC figures for the transit referendum show Belcarra and the District of North Vancouver as the only two municipalities with at least 50 per cent voter turnout.

Village of Belcarra has highest turnout, Surrey among the lowest

Elections BC has special Plebiscite Service Offices, like this one at Haney Place Mall in Maple Ridge, open until 8 p.m. on Friday May 29 to receive ballots. (Elections BC)

With just a few days left before the transit referendum voting deadline, new Elections BC figures show voter turnout is 44.7 per cent throughout Metro Vancouver, and only two municipalities have turnout higher than 50 per cent.

Belcarra — at 57.5 per cent — and the District of North Vancouver — at 50.5 per cent — are the only two municipalities with at least half of their eligible voters casting a ballot.

Meanwhile, the City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A are trailing the pack at 39.5 per cent and 38.9 per cent respectively. Electoral A includes UBC and a collection of unincorporated areas and islands in the region.

Vancouver, with 190,810 ballots in, has the largest number of votes cast, but turnout in that municipality was 45.6 per cent so far.

At stake is a 0.5 per cent sales tax that would pay for the municipal share of the Mayors' Council's 10-year, $7.5-billion transit improvement plan.

You can still cast a ballot

Registered Metro Vancouver voters have until 8 p.m. PT on Friday, May 29 to return their ballots to Elections BC or one of nine special offices set up for the plebiscite.

Elections BC's Plebiscite Service Offices are located at:

  • Capilano Mall, North Vancouver
  • Central City Mall, Surrey
  • Chinatown Plaza, Vancouver
  • City Square Shopping Centre, Vancouver
  • Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam
  • Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge
  • Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby
  • Richmond Centre Mall, Richmond
  • Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Langley

Office hours can be found on the Elections BC website or by calling 1-800-661-8683. All offices will close at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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