Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early, with some 20 per cent (10,174) of eligible voters have already cast their ballots. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early, with some 20 per cent (10,174) of eligible voters have already cast their ballots. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

The polls are now closed

B.C.’s snap election is over, now it’s time to count the ballots

Election Day in B.C. has come to an end as the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Roughly 681,000 people cast their ballot during the seven days of advanced voting that ended Wednesday, compared to 614,389 in 2017.

Meanwhile, 478,900 returned vote-by-mail packages had been received by Elections BC by Oct. 22, representing 66 per cent of the packages requested.

It is expected that some ridings will see preliminary results as to which candidate will likely take a seat in the B.C. Legislature by the end of day Saturday. Meanwhile, close races will have to wait until mid-November for the winner to be declared, once mail-in ballots are counted by Elections BC officials after Nov. 6.

Abbotsford-Mission Riding:

Candidates running in the riding:

Aeriol Alderking (Christian Heritage Party)

Pam Alexis (BC NDP)

Stephen Fowler (BC Green)

Simon Gibson (BC Liberal)

Trevor Hamilton (BC Conservative)

Maple Ridge-Mission Riding:

Candidates running in the riding:

Bob D’Eith (BC NDP)

Chelsa Meadus (BC Liberal)

Matt Trenholm (BC Green)

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