Advance polling up 56 per cent from 2008 in Mission

Mission voters turned out in greater numbers from this time three years ago.

Voter interest in municipal politics has been up dramatically throughout British Columbia and the situation is no different in Mission.

According to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Paul Gipps, 817 people cast ballots in the advance polls out of 24,257 eligible voters, representing a 55.6 per cent increase from 2008.

The advance voting represents a 3.4 per cent turnout of all eligible voters.

The 525 people who turned in ballots in advanced polls in Mission three years ago represented roughly 2.5 per cent of eligible voters. Total voter turnout was 25 per cent in 2008.

Voter turnout in advance polls appear to be up throughout the province. In major municipalities like Vancouver and Surrey, advanced polls are up 12 per cent and 72 per cent, respectively. Langley Township was reporting advance turnout was up about 20 per cent as of Tuesday.

Voter turnout for the entire province in 2008 was just 23 per cent.

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