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Calgary-Foothills byelection sees high advance voting

It seems Calgary-Foothills voters are a resilient bunch, coming out in relative droves for advance voting in their third trip to the polls in less than a year.

Despite 3 dates with the polling station in less than a year, voters come out in relative droves

Candidates for the Calgary-Foothills byelection. From left: Liberal Ali Bin Zahid, Wildrose Prasad Panda, PC Blair Houston, Green Party Janet Keeping, NDP Bob Hawkesworth and Alberta Party Mark Taylor. Independent candidate Antoni Grochowski is not pictured. (albertaliberal.com/Twitter/Green Party/CBC)

It seems Calgary-Foothills voters are a resilient bunch, coming out in relative droves for advance voting in their third trip to the polls in less than a year.

They're voting in a byelection to fill the vacancy left by former premier Jim Prentice, who resigned suddenly the night his Progressive Conservatives went down to electoral defeat.

Unofficial numbers released by Alberta's chief electoral officer show 4,146 voters — 12 per cent of the total electorate — turned up at advance polls held from Aug. 26-29.

"We experienced a strong voter turnout at the advance polls," said a press release. 

"In comparison, Calgary-Foothills electors cast 2,968 ballots at the October 2014 provincial byelection and cast 4,062 votes during the 2015 provincial general election."

The election takes place on Sept. 3, with seven candidates vying for the seat. 

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