Voter turnout up by 10 per cent

SURREY – Just over 100,000 people cast a ballot in Surrey in the 2014 civic election, up from 70,253 in 2011.

 

Out of 287,940 eligible Surrey voters, the city said 101,558 cast a ballot – a 35.3 per cent voter turnout.

 

That is up from 2008 and 2011 elections, which saw a 24.1 per cent and 25 per cent turnout respectively, but is close to the 2005 civic election where Dianne Watts defeated then-mayor Doug McCallum. That race saw 35.1 per cent of the electorate turn out to vote.

 

The increase in voter turnout was seen before election day, with record-breaking advanced poll turnout.

 

Surrey elections official Anthony Capuccinello said a total of 6,396 ballots were cast during advanced voting in 2011. This year, after five days of advanced voting, a total of 11,747 ballots were cast, he said.

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