Fernie has recorded the highest voter turnout in 10 years.

Fernie, Sparwood voter turnout highest in 10 years

Breakdown of voter turnout at Elk Valley municipal elections from 2008-18

Fernie and Sparwood have recorded the highest voter turnout in 10 years.

Preliminary results show a whopping 2500 Fernie residents voted in the 2018 Municipal Election, representing 63.7 per cent of estimated eligible voters.

That’s more than double the number who voted in the 2014 election (940 voters or 28.16 per cent).

LIVE BLOG: Official election results for City of Fernie

Sparwood also had a record turnout with 1150 people casting their vote, representing 41.62 per cent of eligible voters and the biggest turnout in 10 years.

LIVE BLOG: Full election results for District of Sparwood

In the District of Elkford, 39.15 per cent of eligible voters headed to the polls, with 679 votes in total cast.

That’s close to the 2008 election when 39.63 per cent of people voted.

LIVE BLOG: Full election results for District of Elkford

How this year’s election compares:


2018 – 2500 out of 3925 (63.7 per cent)

2014 – 940 out of 3337 (28.16 per cent)

2011 – 1380 out of 3164 (43.61 per cent)

2008 – 1514 out of 3242 (46.7 per cent)


2018 – 1150 out of 2763 (41.62 per cent)

2014 – 1015 out of 2807 (36.15 per cent)

2011 – 957 out of 2769 (34.56 per cent)

2008 – 686 out of 2632 (26.06 per cent)


2018 – 679 out of 1734 (39.15 per cent)

2014 – 497 out of 1824 (27.24 per cent)

2011 – 0

2008 – 732 out of 1847 (39.63 per cent)

Read more in the October 25 edition of The Free Press.


Approximately 41 per cent of Sparwood voters had their say in the 2018 Municipal Election. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Elkford also had strong voter turnout with 679 votes cast. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

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