Preliminary figures show in the Cariboo-Prince George riding, 9,891 people participated in the advanced polls.
On Wednesday, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand released the estimated number of electors who voted on the four advance voting days held Friday, October 9 to Monday, October 12.
“Many Canadians chose to vote at advance polls in this election,” says Mr. Mayrand. “Having four polling days provided greater flexibility and convenience for voters.”
These preliminary figures are based on numbers reported by returning officers and are not final until all the votes are counted on election day and the results have been validated by the returning officers, Elections Canada said. The final results will be published in the official voting results following the election.
When it was introduced in 1920, voting at advance polls was limited to certain groups of voters whose work required them to be away from their electoral districts on election day. Today, it is one of several voting methods that may be used by any elector who wishes to vote before election day.
According to the preliminary figures, some 3.6 million electors voted at the advance polls in this general election.
This is a 71 per cent increase from the 2,100,855 electors who voted in advance in the 2011 general election.
This increase was due in part to an additional advance voting day on Sunday, offered for the first time.
More than 850,000 Canadians voted on Friday and more than 1.2 million on Monday, representing the two busiest days of advance voting ever.