General voting day is on Saturday, October 20. File photo

General voting day is on Saturday, October 20. File photo

Big turnout to advance polls

On Saturday, general voting will be open to qualified electors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hundreds of Elk Valley residents have gone to the polls early to vote in the 2018 Municipal Election.

Local election officers have reported a big turnout at advance voting days held in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford.

Chief Election Officer for the City of Fernie and District of Sparwood, Kevin Allen, said 588 votes were cast in Fernie last Wednesday, October 10, compared to 93 on the first day of advance polls in 2014.

In Sparwood, there were 270 votes cast, compared to 224 in 2014

In the District of Elkford, 179 electors cast their vote on October 10, according to Chief Election Officer Sarann Press.

This represents a slight increase on the 111 electors who turned out on the first advance poll day in the 2014 election.

Advance polls were also held on Tuesday in Elkford and in Fernie and Sparwood on Wednesday.

The second advance poll in Elkford had a very good turn out with 139 electors voting on Tuesday October 16th. This is an increase from 42 at the second advance poll in 2014.

Unofficially, the second advance poll in Fernie attracted an astonishing 740 voters, an increase from 83 who voted in 2014.

In Sparwood there were 265 votes cast, compared to 226 in 2014

On Saturday, general voting will be open to qualified electors in each municipality from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting locations are: Fernie – Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre, 562 3rd Ave; Sparwood – Henry Volkmann Memorial Complex (leisure centre), curling rink concourse, 367 Pine Ave; Elkford – Elkford Community Conference Centre 750 Fording Dr.